Highways advice for planning applications

We can provide advice on planning applications that will have an affect on any part of the highway. This can be for a small single building proposal to a large major housing development. We charge a fee for this service.

Request advice

Complete the request advice form (PDF, 122.4 KB).

You will need to include:

  • confirmation of the existing use of the site, including planning application history where appropriate
  • sketch plans and description of the proposal
  • scoping for Transport Statement or Transport Assessment, if required by the scale of the development
  • any other information critical to the consideration of the proposal at this pre-application stage
  • written confirmation that the charge will be paid within 14 days of an invoice.

Send completed forms and the required information to:

Kent County Council, Highways and Transportation, Transport and Development Planning Team, Ashford Highway Depot, Henwood Industrial Estate, 4 Javelin Way, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8AD.


The fee depends on the type and size of the proposal and covers:

  • a single site visit
  • an indication of the appropriate highway policies, standards and guidance against which the proposal will be assessed
  • if requested, a single face to face meeting on site, at our offices or at district council offices
  • a written response within 21 days of receipt of the fee, or within 21 days of the meeting
  • a recheck of the scheme following any revisions.

Meetings will be arranged within 10 working days of our receipt of the payment.

For residential planning permission:

Number of dwellingsCost (excluding VAT)
1 to 5£250 
6 to 10£500
11 to 25£750
26 to 50£1000
51 to 80£1500
81 to 200£2040
201 to 500£2550
501 to 1000£3060
1001 or more£4080

For commercial and retail planning permission:

Gross floor areaCost (excluding VAT)
up to 100m2£250
101m2 to 500m2£510
501m2 to 1000m2£765
1001m2 to 2000m2£1020
2001m2 to 7500m2£1530
7501m2 to 10,000m2£2040
10,001m2 to 15,000m2£2550
15,001m2 to 25,000m2£3570
25,001m2 or more£5100