Planning Fees and Charges

Charges are made for services and documents provided by our planning department at specified rates and subject to minimum amounts.

Planning Application Fees

Our scale of fees for all types of Planning Application, for both householder and commercial development.

Please note that payments for all applications within the South Downs National Park area should be made payable to ‘South Downs National Park Authority’ – If you are unsure if your application site is within the South Downs National Park please use the South Downs National Park – Do I live in the National Park? tool.

Other Fees

We make additional charges for services other than determining current applications. These cover services such as research and photocopying. Any requests for documents and/or access to plans can be made by email to planninginfo@lewes.gov.uk.

Some of the documents online may be subject to copyright. This generally applies to plans and data following a decision and structural calculations. Copies can be made in certain circumstances but should not be used in a further application or for illustrative purposes.

Decision notices for planning applications should be available to view and print off from our Planning Public Access website. If a decision is not available please email us and we will put it online.

Planning and Building Control Application Documents

We can provide copies of planning and building control documents which may require printing which can include Section 106 agreements, Completion Certificates, Article 4 Directions, Enforcement Notices and extracts from the Adopted Local Plan.

Electronic copies of documents:

Supplying a PDF version of the document by email.

  • Legal Planning document including enforcement notice and Section 106 agreement - £12.50 +VAT 
  • Building Regulations completion certificate and/or approval of plans - £55 +VAT

Viewing / retrieving Building Regulations files:

This charge does not apply to applications still undergoing inspections.

  • Per file; viewing of file subject to consent from current owner - £50 +VAT

Hard copy Planning or Building Control documents:

  • Minimum charge for up to 2 sides A4 -  £1.20 +VAT
  • Per side thereafter - 60p +VAT

Note: Add £50 +VAT file retrieval for each completed Building Regulations file (this charge does not apply to applications still undergoing inspections).

Planning and Building Control site research

In cases where no application reference has been provided but site plan or accurate address is (minimum half hour charge applies).

  • Charge per half hour - £25 +VAT

Building Regulations database research

Where reference provided (information provided without prejudice on site details provided by enquirer)

  • Description, decision and if applicable information regarding final inspections (per site) - £5 +VAT 

Prior to 2002 information regarding final inspections can only be supplied via a compliance check.

Compliance check - Planning Enforcement / Building Regulations

  • Planning Enforcement (per site) - £50 (non-vatable)
  • Building Regulations (per application) - £75 +VAT 

Compliance check - planning conditions

Charge per application requested:

  • For householder application consents - £28 (non-vatable)
  • For all other application consents - £97 (non-vatable)

Copies of Plans and Drawings

Copies of plans and drawings are issued subject to Copyright and cannot be printed without the consent of the original architect who drew them. They also cannot be used in a further application or for illustrative purposes. Charge per copy:

Plans and Drawings charge per copy
Size  Black and White  Colour 
A0   £3.00 +VAT  £18 +VAT
 A1  £2.40 +VAT  £12 +VAT
 A2  £1.80 +VAT  £6 +VAT
 A3  20p +VAT  £2.50 +VAT
 A4  10p +VAT  £1.25 +VAT