Pre-application Advice Service
Before applying for pre-application advice, please check whether the work you want to carry out requires planning permission by using the interactive guide on the Planning Portal. If you do not need planning permission then you don't need to apply for pre-application advice.
We encourage you discuss your plans with us before you submit your planning application. This can help you overcome potential difficulties and make sure your application covers everything that's needed.
The time and effort spent in preparing your plans and discussing them with us is more likely to result in a good quality and acceptable development. It will also help us process your scheme more quickly.
We provide pre-application advice at meetings and in writing. The service is available both to applicants and agents.
Advice given through our pre-application advice service will not bind us to making any particular decision. The views expressed are those of the case officer only. The advice will only be applicable while there is no change in policy or other relevant circumstances.
Apply for Pre-application advice
You can apply online for pre-application advice.
Please bear in mind that the level of advice which can be provided will depend on the quality and clarity of the information you provide. If it is unclear or general then we will not be able to offer detailed or specific advice.
We will acknowledge receipt of your request and give the timescale for a reply, together with the name and contact details of the case officer.
Planning pre-application advice fees
The following fees apply for different types of advice – please state 'pre-application submission' when making your payment.
|Advice type||Fee, including VAT||Time within which we aim to provide advice|
|Householder – written advice||£60||15 working days|
|Householder – written advice and half-hour meeting with planning officer||£90||15 working days|
|Householder, proposals in a conservation area or works to listed building – written advice and 1 hour meeting with planning officer and conservation officer||£280||15 working days|
|Change of use of Building or Land||£180||15 working days|
|Single dwelling, replacement or residential annexe – written advice and 1 hour meeting with planning officer||£180||30 working days|
|Single dwelling, replacement or residential annexe in a conservation area or for a listed building – written advice and 1 hour meeting with planning officer and conservation officer||£350||30 working days|
|Alterations to a listed buildings, either residential or commercial – written advice and 1 hour meeting with planning officer and conservation officer||£280||30 working days|
|Minor development – written advice and 1 hour meeting||£430 – additional 1-hour meetings are charged at £150, and when schemes change, the fee for further comments is also £150||30 working days|
|Major development – written advice and 1 hour meeting||£1,440 – additional 1-hour meetings are charged at £430, and when schemes change, the fee for further comments is also £430||40 working days|