Need advice before you make an application?

We have made some interim changes to our planning services to help deliver current work across our planning and planning enforcement service areas following a sustained increase in planning applications.

Our daily duty officer service, which provides free planning advice for residents, is suspended until 31 March 2020, which will give our officers more time to manage caseloads and improve the overall service for residents and developers.

Our pre-application advice service for larger developments is suspended until 31 March 2020, to enable us to manage the high volume of existing pre-application enquiries. The pre-application advice service we offer residents who want to develop their own houses will be unaffected and remains in place. To request advice, please use our pre-application advice form.

Our planning and planning enforcement officers will be available to receive phone calls until 1pm each day, enabling them to focus on their high and varied caseloads in the afternoon. A voice message system is available during the afternoons.


Charges apply to all meetings or exchanges of correspondence for all extensions, new build, conversions or change of use proposals.

Charges do not apply to proposals involving improving access for disabled people to their homes or for advice on enforcement matters. Parish or village councils will be allowed a 50% reduction in the charges in respect of their own proposals. No guarantee of a particular decision or even recommendation can be given.

Advice from Surrey County Council as the Highway Authority can also be obtained for a fee. The County Council's charges are in addition to our charges.

Before meeting developers or their agents, we expect them to think carefully about their proposals and to provide us in advance with the following basic information:

  • Description of the proposed development and schedule of users.
  • A site location plan (scale 1:1250) with site boundary indicated.
  • Photographs and sketch drawings showing the site as existing, indicating buildings, trees and schedule of existing uses.
  • Outline of proposal (on plans scale 1:200 or similar).
  • Sketch drawings showing height/scale of development.
  • For larger sites, other information may be required including information related to any necessary Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Results of any preliminary consultations carried out by the prospective applicant with service providers such as highways, drainage, health and education.

Our pre-application advice request form for residents developing their own homes will ask you to confirm:

  • The required information has been provided (proposed plans and completed application form).
  • You have submitted payment.

Once this has been received, you will receive confirmation by email, which will include the case officer’s contact details.

We don’t usually have meetings for householder enquiries. Advice will be provided in writing.

If a meeting is booked, the case officer will aim to make contact within 10 working days of receipt of the acknowledgement e-mail to make the necessary arrangements and to request any additional information.

Meetings will normally be held at the Council Offices in Oxted, but we can also consider site meetings, subject to an additional charge. This would be in addition to any charge already made for a site visit, which relates only to the officer visiting the site in advance of the meeting.

Where written advice only is to be given, we will aim to provide this within 15 working days of the date of acknowledgement, unless otherwise agreed with the case officer. Following a meeting, we will aim to provide a summary of the discussion/meeting notes within 10 working days of the meeting, unless otherwise agreed with the case officer.

Follow up meetings may be arranged at the case officer’s discretion, subject to the payment of an additional fee.

Anyone using this service should note:

  • Any advice given by Council officers for pre-application enquiries does not constitute a formal response or decision for any future planning applications.
  • Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith, based on existing planning policies and standards, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any future formal planning application which will be the subject of public consultation and ultimately decided by the Council.
  • Little or no weight should be given to pre-application advice for schemes submitted more than one year after the advice being issued. The responsibility for checking that advice is still current rests with the prospective applicant. This period may be reduced if a material change in policy at either national or local level is introduced.
  • Any advice given in relation to the planning history of the site, planning constraints or statutory designations does not constitute a formal response under the provisions of the Local Land Charges Act 1975.

Results of such meetings will not be available for public inspection. We may be required to supply copies of correspondence to any party making a Freedom of Information request.

This service is currently unavailable until 31 March 2020.

Larger schemes Fee
The fee includes up to three meetings, a site visit and a factual presentation to the members of the Planning Committee and local ward councillors £5000


This service is currently unavailable until 31 March 2020.

Dwellings Letter Meeting Site visit
10 or more (or sites over 0.5ha where the number of dwellings is unknown) £800 £1200 for up to 2 hours Additional £140
5 or more (or of less than 0.5ha where the number of dwellings is unknown) £470 £700 for up to 1.5 hours Additional £140
4 or less (if the number of dwellings is unknown the charges above apply) £256 £395 Additional £140


This service is currently unavailable until 31 March 2020.

Non-residential development Letter Meeting Site visit
Floor area proposed exceeds 1000 sq.m (or where the floor area is not known, site area exceeds 0.5ha) £800 £1200 for up to 2 hours Additional £140
Floor area proposed less than 1000 sq.m (or where the floor area is not known, site area does not exceed 0.5ha) £470 £700 for up to 1.5 hours Additional £140
Not falling into the above eg adverts, telecoms, reserved matters, shop fronts etc. £256 £395 Additional £140



Householder proposals Fee
This only applies to advice requested by Tandridge residents in connection with their principal place of residence on matters that would be covered by the Householder Proposals national application form (1APP). £100



Householder proposals for prospective owners Letter Meeting Site visit
Householder proposals which do not meet the criteria above. £256 £395 Additional £140


All prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%.

Charges are based on estimates of officer time, overheads and on-costs. Cheques should be made payable to Tandridge District Council.

If you receive pre-application advice by letter or at a meeting and you have been charged for that advice, you may want to submit follow-up information. If you do this and do not request a further meeting we will decide if the nature of the follow-up request is simply requiring confirmation that any amendments made match the advice given. If this is the case there would be no further charge.

If your follow-up request comprises a scheme substantially different from the original request or contains significant new information we need to consider then a further fee will be required. The fee will be assessed in the same way as if this were a new request.

Our planning and planning enforcement officers will be available to receive phone calls until 1pm each day until 31 March 2020, enabling them to focus on their high and varied caseloads in the afternoon. A voice message system is available during the afternoons.

If you want to know whether you need planning permission, you should check the planning portal which sets out what does and doesn't need permission (called permitted development rights). You will also need to check if the permitted development rights have been removed and this can be done by searching the planning history of the site.

Once you have done this and you think planning permission is not required, you should submit an application for a certificate of lawfulness for a proposed development, so we can consider your proposal formally and give our opinion.

For all other enquiries, please contact us. Straightforward enquiries will be answered as far as possible, but if you need detailed and site specific advice you will need to use the pre-application advice service.

The duty planning officer takes phone calls and gives general planning advice to the public between 9.30am and 1pm on 01883 722000, but only where the enquiry is made by residents who live in the district in connection with their main place of residence (and in matters covered by the Householder Proposals national application form.

Going ahead with development work without confirming the works are permitted is entirely at your own risk. 

For the CIL, pre-application advice will provide the opportunity for the applicant/developer to understand whether their development will be liable for the CIL, as well as the potential payment which their development may incur. It will also provide the opportunity to discuss any exemptions which their application may qualify for and the process.

Parts of Tandridge District are located within a buffer zone of the Ashdown Forest (which is currently 7km) including parts of Felbridge and Dormans Park and surrounding areas.

The Ashdown Forest is designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EC Birds Directive and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EC Habitats Directive, as well as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

As a result the area is afforded a high level of protection under European and national legislation and Regulation 61 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 requires that before development is permitted an assessment is made to establish whether the development is likely, to have a significant effect on such sites.

A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) has been produced by Wealden District Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Lewes District Council, Tandridge District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

New households within the buffer zone are likely to generate additional visits to the Ashdown Forest and without appropriate mitigation measures, harm its nature conservation interest.

We are working with Wealden District Council, as the planning authority where the Ashdown Forest is located and the other affected authorities on a Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) strategy and an Interim Legal Agreement has been signed by the Conservators of the Ashdown Forest and Wealden, Lewes and Tandridge District Councils.

This provides SAMM tariff guidance documents for these three local councils which outlines the level of financial contribution required from new residential development to contribute to the SAMM mitigation strategy.

We are likely to require a contribution to be made towards the provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) or other recreational areas which will encourage people to visit other spaces rather than the Ashdown Forest.

Before these mitigation measures are established , including the identification of a SANG, we will refuse any proposals within the buffer zone on nature conservation grounds.