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How much will it cost and how long does it take?

​​​​Planning Application fees


The cost of applying for planning permission depends on what type of work you want to do.


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Some types of planning applications, such as to add or improve disability access in homes and public buildings are free.


Appealing a planning decision is free.


How to pay


If you are submitting your planning application by post you will need to post one copy of your application form along with one copy of your supporting documents and payment in full. All fees by post must be paid by cheque to Cardiff Council.  


Development Control
Room 201
County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
CF10 4UW


If you apply online via the Planning Portal you can pay your fee either electronically by debit card or by sending a cheque to County Hall. Details will be on the Planning Portal website.


How long does it take?


Planning decisions:  The time it takes for a decision to be made depends on the type of planning permission you have applied for.


Typically we aim to decide applications within 8 weeks but applications subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment have a 16-week target date.


A planning decision is usually valid for five years, unless your planning permission has a specific time limit on it. You have five years from the date it is granted to begin work. If you haven't started work within five years, you may need to reapply or apply to extend the permission before it expires. If you need to do this, you must use a Removal or Variation of a condition application form. Please contact us if you further advice.


Appeals: If your planning permission application is rejected we would encourage you to try to negotiate an amended scheme rather than submit an appeal.  Read more about appealing a planning decision.


The Planning Portal website has complied a table of average times​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new windowfor different types of appeal to be decided. This is usually around 15 to 30 weeks.


Objecting to a planning application.


Please note that all times are a general guide only, each stage of the planning process is decided on an individual, case-by-case basis and lots of different factors could change the overall time it takes for a specific decision to be made.  For more information, please contact us:


Development Management
Strategic Planning, Highways and Traffic and Transport
Room 201
County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
CF10 4UW


Tel: 029 2233 0800 

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