Submit planning applications
You can submit an application through the Planning Portal.
The benefits of applying online include:
- You can work on your applications in draft before submission
- Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
- Savings on postage and printing costs
- Online help function when completing applications
- Online record of your completed applications
Standards for online submissions
Please assist us by using the following standards to ensure that the information is easily accessible and searchable.
A: File sizes for electronic submissions
- No individual file size greater than 5MB
- No .zip or .exe files are submitted
Additional material can be submitted on CD/DVD for major applications.
B: Electronic file naming
- A list of all submitted documents is included
- All document/drawing file names comprise brief description in plain English eg "Proposed rear elevation"
- Drawings are submitted in single layer .pdf
- Where possible drawings are A3 size
- You do not provide drawings with optional scales at different paper sizes
- Scanned drawings are a minimum 200dpi resolution
- A list of drawings is supplied to include drawing number, description and paper size
- Critical dimensions checked on .pdf and are in scale
- Orientation of .pdf drawings are correct when viewed on screen
- A scale bar and key dimensions is included on all drawings
D: Other documents
- Letters, reports etc. are in .pdf
- List of photographs/photo montages annotated with title and context/purpose explained is included
- Size of each photograph file is below 1MB
- Photographs are a maximum size of 15x10cm
Photographs can also be provided on CD/DVD
Submit by post:
You can print out the Application Form(s) - fill them in and post them to us.
There are some key documents that you need to include when submitting your application by post.
If you are submitting a major application we would encourage you to commit to pledge to the Own Grown project. The Own Grown project is run by key strategic organisations across Hastings and Rother (including Hastings Borough Council as coordinator) with the aim of better preparing young people for the world of work.
A pledge could include apprenticeships, work experience, mentoring, visits to schools, support for sector events, practical cv/interview skills to name but a few. We would expect the level of your pledge to reflect the size of your development.
Own Grown and Hastings Borough Council will provide:
- free advice and support
- brokering links with local educations providers and Jobcentre Plus in order to progress your pledge
- Link you in with existing business networks/organisations
Visit our Own Grown page for further information.
Planning Application fees
The Planning Portal offers an online fee calculator
Cheques should be made payable to Hastings Borough Council. There is no VAT on application fees. Some applications do not require a fee; examples of these are given in 'Exemptions'.
All outline applications
- Where site area does not exceed 2.5 hectares - £385 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area
- Where the site area exceeds 2.5 hectares - £9,527 and an additional £115 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 2.5 hectares, subject to a maximum of £125,000.
- Alterations/extensions to a single dwelling (excluding flats), including works within boundary - £172
The erection of dwellinghouses
- Where the number of dwellinghouses to be created by the development does not exceed 50 - £385 for each dwellinghouse.
- Where the number of dwellinghouses to be created by the development exceeds 50 - £19,047 and an additional £115 for each dwellinghouse in excess of 50 dwellinghouses, subject to a maximum of £250,000.
The erection of buildings
- Where no floor space is to be created by the development - £195
- Where the area of gross floor space to be created by the development does not exceed 40 square metres - £195
- Where the area of gross floor space to be created by the development exceeds 40 square metres, but does not exceed 75 square metres - £385
- Where the area of gross floor space to be created by the development exceeds 75 square metres, but does not exceed 3750 square metres - £385 for each 75 square metres
- Where the area of gross floor space to be created by the development exceeds 3750 square metres - £19,049 and an additional £115 for each 75 square metres, subject to a maximum of £250,000.
The enlargement, improvement or other alteration of existing dwellinghouse including works within boundary
- Where the application relates to one dwellinghouse - £172.
- Where the application relates to 2 or more dwellinghouses - £339.
Works within the curtilage of an existing dwellinghouse
- The carrying out of operations (including the erection of a building) within the curtilage of an existing dwellinghouse, for purposes ancillary to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse as such, or the erection or construction of gates, fences, walls or other means of enclosure along a boundary of the curtilage of an existing dwellinghouse - £172.
Change of use to one or more separate dwellinghouses
- Where the change of use is from a previous use as a single dwellinghouse to use as two or more single dwellinghouses, and does not exceed 50 dwellinghouses - £385 for each additional dwellinghouse.
- In all other cases, where the change of use is for use that does not exceed 50 dwellinghouses - £385 for each dwellinghouse.
- Where the change of use exceeds 50 dwellinghouses - £19,049 and an additional £115 for each dwellinghouse, subject to a maximum of £250,000.
Change of use of land or building
- Change of use of land or building - £385.
The erection, alteration or replacement of plant or machinery
- Where the site area does not exceed 5 hectares - £385 for each 0.1 hectare of the site area.
- Where the site area exceeds 5 hectares - £19,047 and an additional £115 for each 0.1 hectare in excess of 5 hectares, subject to a maximum of £250,000
The construction of car parks, service roads or other means of access where required to serve an existing use
- The construction of car parks, service roads or other means of access where required to serve an existing use - £195
The variation/removal/discharge of condition
- The variation or removal of a condition following grant of planning permission - £195
- Request for confirmation that one or more planning conditions have been complied with - £28 per request for householder, otherwise £97 per request
Installation of a radio mast, radio equipment, housing or public callbox
- Installation of a radio mast, radio equipment, housing or public callbox - £385
Prior approval applications
Certificates of Lawfulness
- Certificate of Proposed Use or Development - 50% of planning application fee
- Certificate of Existing Use or Development - fee as for planning application
- Advertisements displayed externally on business premises, on the forecourt of business premises or on other land within the curtilage of business premises, wholly with reference to all or any of the following matters:
- the nature of the business or other activity carried on the premises - £110
- the goods sold or the services provided on the premises - £110
- the name and qualifications of the person carrying on such business or activity or supplying such goods or services - £110
- Advertisements for the purpose of directing members of the public to, or otherwise drawing attention to the existence of, business premises which are in the same locality as the site on which the advertisement is to be displayed but which are not visible from that site - £110.
- All other advertisements - £385.
Application for a new planning permission to replace an extant planning permission, in order to extend the time limit for implementation. Application for replacement of associated listed building and/or conservation area consents in order to extend the time limit for implementation
- Applications in respect of major developments: £575
- Applications in respect of householder developments: £57
- Applications in respect of other developments: £195
Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission
- £28 for householder developments, £195 in all other cases
Listed Building consent
- No fee payable
Tree Preservation Order or Trees in Conservation Area
- No fee payable
Revised or fresh applications for development (or advertisement) of the same character and description
- Within 12 months of the date of any refusal – no fee (if submitted by, or on behalf of the same applicant).
- Within 12 months of the making of an earlier application which was withdrawn – no fee (if submitted by, or on behalf of the same applicant).
- Within 12 months of expiry of the statutory 8 week period where the applicant has appealed to the Secretary of State on the grounds of non-determination – no fee (if submitted by, or on behalf of the same applicant).
- Within 12 months of receiving permission – no fee (if submitted by, or on behalf of the same applicant).
Works to improve disabled persons access to a public building, or to improve their access, safety or health at a dwellinghouse
- Works to improve disabled persons access to a public building, or to improve their access, safety or health at a dwellinghouse e.g. ramp, safety rails – no fee.
Article 4 Direction
- Applications required due to the removal of permitted development rights by a planning condition or as a result of the issuing of an Article 4 Direction – no fee.
See the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications) and Deemed Applications (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 SI. 2008 No.
The measurements of the site area/floorspace to which an application relates is based on the external dimensions.
If the application is for a new building to replace a building, which is to be demolished, there is no discount for the size of the existing building. The fee would be based on the floorspace of the proposed building.
Following outline planning permission, applications for the approval of Reserved Matters attract the same fee that would have been charged on the equivalent application for full planning permission.
Not all fees are shown – if in doubt please telephone 01424 783264 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk for advice on Design and Access statements.