Pre-Planning Application Advice
Pre-application discussions are a discretionary service but we encourage applicants to talk over their proposals with us as early as possible.

The service has been designed around your wishes that it should be simple to understand and you indicated that you would be willing to pay for a service that would advise you on your development proposals and guide you through the planning process. Any charges should be transparent and proportional to the planning application fee/ scale of development.

Depending on the type of service you choose,you will be able to meet a planning officer on site, if appropriate and have access to other experts e.g. Highway engineers. You will have a single point of contact for the whole process and will be provided with a formal written report detailing the officers views, suggestions to improve the scheme and guidance on proceeding with the application.

The documents below tell more about the service, the charges and how to apply.

 

Pre-purchase Certificate

The Pre-purchase certificate is a discretionary service offered by Monmouthshire County Council aimed at people looking to buy a property in Monmouthshire. The application would provide you with:-

  • a planning history search
  • details of planning permissions
  • listed building consents
  • enforcement history relating to identified breaches of planning control (this would not relate to unsubstantiated complaints).

This service would include a site visit and identify whether there are any breaches of planning control and whether or not any breaches would be enforceable.

The certificate would confirm that any approved development at the site, up to the point of the request, has been carried out in accordance with approved plans and that there is no breach of planning control at the site.

This will give you the confidence you need to ensure that the property you are purchasing has complied with all relevant aspects of planning control.

The fee for this service would be £180 and we will aim to provide a written response within 28 days.

(This service looks at compliance with all types of planning permissions including listed building consent: it does not provide a substitute to Lawful Development Certificates).

How do I use this service?

If you wish to use this service please the complete Pre purchase Certificate Application Form

Once your application and payment has been received, it will be logged and an acknowledgement letter issued with the reference number. Your case officer will then be in touch to arrange a site visit.

 

Completion Certificates

Certificate of Completion is a discretionary service offered by Monmouthshire County Council. The certificate will state:-

  • Whether or not the Planning Permission and/or Listed Building Consent applied for has been carried out in accordance with the approved plans.
  • It will confirm the status of all Conditions and any approved amendments if applicable.

This purpose of this new service is to offer support to applicants, agents or any other interested party that the works are appropriate and acceptable once they have been built. If there is an issue of noncompliance this will be brought to the applicant’s attention and an opportunity provided for the breach of planning control to be rectified.

The service will include a site inspection and desk based research and investigation.

The fee for this service would be £120 for each application number requiring a certificate and we will aim to provide a written response within 28 days. NOTE: Where a Listed Building and planning application were required for the same development, this will be treated as 1 application.

How do I use this service?

If you wish to use this service please the complete Completion Certificate Application Form

Once your application and payment has been received, it will be logged and an acknowledgement letter issued with the reference number. Your case officer will then be in touch to arrange a site visit.

Payment for Pre-Purchase or Completion Certificates

To make a payment:-

  • via cheque –payable to Monmouthshire County Council and send to Monmouthshire County Council, County Hall, Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1GA
  • over the telephone – 01633 644880

Contact us

If you have any questions or wish to make a payment please contact the planning team on 01633 644880 or by email to planning@monmouthshire.gov.uk