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Discharging Conditions

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Some conditions require more information to be agreed by us, which need to be discharged at the right time.


  • What are discharging conditions
  • What to do if you don't agree with conditions
  • How much it costs
  • How long it takes

This is the terms given to agreeing the details required by conditions.

Some conditions require more information to be agreed by us, and you will need to “discharge” these conditions at appropriate times set out within the wording of the condition(s).

It is important to meet this requirement because a condition is effectively a charge on the land that must be met legally.

If you don’t agree with a certain condition, you have the right to appeal. What's this?

Planning conditions will show up in any solicitor searches, and can affect property sales if they are not discharged properly.

You should discharge your conditions at the right time as some may need to be discharged before you can legally start your project.

For example, we might ask for samples of materials, details of refuse and recycling storage or check work related to specialist areas such as sound insulation, archaeology or contaminated land.

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  • Extending or altering a dwelling (or other works within the curtilage of a residential dwelling) - £28.00 per request
  • Other application types - £97.00 per request

The fee is payable for each submission, whether it is one condition or several. If the information you submit is not acceptable, you will need to submit another application and pay the fee.

How long will this take?

Once we have received the application form and fee, it can take up to 8 weeks to discharge the condition. If we need to involve third parties, this can take up to 12 weeks.

You should provide information as early as possible.

Once we are satisfied that one or more conditions have been met, you will receive written confirmation.

If you don't discharge conditions, the building project will be unauthorised and we may consider taking enforcement action. What's this?

You may even invalidate your planning permission and would need to make a new planning application.

How to discharge conditions

You can discharge one condition at a time or all the conditions at once.

Discharge conditions

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