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Planning Conditions Guide

A conditional approval requires certain things to be carried out in order for the development to be lawful. A standard time limit is often added, which usually gives 3 years to start the development. In addition to this, conditions may be added to control the type of materials to be used, to control the use of a building, or to control the occupancy of a building.

It is important to note that when making a full application, it is a detailed application. In order to avoid multiple conditions being applied, full details of all materials, detailing and relevant information should be submitted at the time the application is made.

Conditions can be added for many things, however the condition must be reasonable and it must be enforceable. Central government sets out how conditions may be applied, in the circular: 11/95, which is available from the communities website

As of April 6th 2008, there will be a charge levied for the discharge of planning conditions. The introduction of the fee is being rolled out on a national level.

Householder (domestic) per discharge: £25

Any other condition per discharge: £85

Please note that all conditions can be discharged at once - resulting in a single fee. Alternatively they can be discharged individually, with the fee being applied each time.


Circular 11/95: Use of conditions in planning permission

Published 20 July 1995
Type(s) Circular and official letters
Site Planning, building and the environment
ISBN 9780117531307


This Circular brings up to date Circular 01/85 on the use of planning conditions. In particular, it reflects recent new guidance on the use of conditions in respect of transport, retail development, contaminated land, noise and affordable housing.

Other matters covered include use of conditions for design and landscape, lorry routeing, 'granny' annexes, staff accommodation, access for disabled people, holiday occupancy and nature conservation.

The Circular also takes account of court decisions and includes an expanded appendix with model conditions. It records the policy that conditions should only be imposed where they are necessary, relevant to planning, relevant to the development to be permitted, enforceable, precise, and reasonable in all other respects.

Please note: Paragraphs 56 to 59 of Appendix A of Circular 11/95 have been cancelled by the Department's letter of 30 May 2008 to Chief Planning Officers. This letter can be viewed from the link on the right.

Note on quality: the files attached to this page were converted from a legacy website by automatic process, and may contain minor formatting errors. The text of the document is complete and as originally published. 

Planning Conditions Guide - model conditions from a council

Circular 11/95: Use of conditions in planning permission


Planning Permision in the Open Countryside