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Apply for planning permission
We encourage pre-application discussions with
applicants, agents, developers and interested parties. The
service is subject to a fee, which will vary depending on
the type of application and officer time required.
We don't offer a duty planning officer
service. General planning advice can be found free of charge on the
Portal. If you require detailed advice this can be
obtained via the pre-application service.
Apply for Planning Permission
Medway receives 58% of applications
online via the Planning Portal.
Registration is easy and you can
complete your application form, upload supporting documents and pay
The benefits of applying online include:
- you can work on your applications in draft before
- immediate delivery and acknowledgement
- savings on postage and printing costs
- online help function when completing applications
- online record of your completed applications
- online payment
If you prefer, you can complete your application
form online and submit supporting documents and fees by
Please note a planning application cannot be progressed
until all the necessary supporting information and the appropriate
fee is received.
Please ensure you have read the appropriate
Validation Checklists and addressed any issues covered.
You can also download the
application form to complete by hand.
The Planning Protocol
has been produced jointly by the Kent Planning Officer’s Group and
the Kent Developer’s Group. It contains four commitments which
together promote collaborative working between the development
community and Local Authorities. The Leaders of all of the Councils
along with the Chairs of the Kent Planning Officers, the Kent
Developers and the Kent Housing Groups have signed up to these
The Protocol is significant in that it
recognises the close collaborative working that already takes place
between developers and councils in Kent and aims to ensure that
every opportunity is taken to improve on what we do so as to
achieve the objective of facilitating good quality sustainable
growth within the County.
How much will my planning application cost?
Every application must be accompanied by the correct fee or
fee exemption form. The
Government sets the
Planning Application Fees that apply across the country.
The Planning Portal Fee
calculator is a useful tool that helps you work out the cost of
our planning application by asking a series of questions.
Developers Contribution Guide
Large scale planning development may have to contribute to the
wider community to ensure that adequate provision is made to
Our Guide to Developer Contributions sets out
what obligations and contributions will be required for future
developments. Developers are expected to take account of, and meet
the requirements of, this document before submitting planning
application to the council. It is designed to help them know what
the council is likely to require for new developments in
Bird Disturbance In North Kent
The impact of recreational disturbance on the birdlife of the
North Kent Marshes SPAs/Ramsar sites was identified in the
Bird Disturbance Study North Kent in 2010/2011 (pdf, 2,738
Strategic Access and Recreation Management Plan (SARMP) (pdf,
5,009 KB) prepared for the Thames, Medway and Swale estuaries
in 2014 set out a strategy for resolving the additional disturbance
issues to the area’s wintering birds, arising from new housing
development, through a package of strategic measures.
Natural England has advised that one single
dwelling can cause an impact and so the following planning
applications should either contain information to enable the Local
Authority to undertake an Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats
Regulations; or we would expect to secure a financial
- development of 1 dwelling or
- prior notification
applications for conversion into residential
- applications for new hotels
and hotel extensions that increase the number of bedrooms
We have therefore drafted a
Unilateral Undertaking for the purposes of securing the
contribution, which is £223.58 per dwelling plus £550 per agreement
for the preparation, execution and registration of the deed and
monitoring compliance with the obligation and requirements
contained in the deed.