Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice is part of giving you a positive and proactive planning process. It involves getting advice from a planning officer on your planned development before you start the normal planning process.

This process is useful as it provides:

  • you and the Council with a clear understanding of the objectives of and constraints on any development
  • help with any local restrictions or policies that may affect your proposals
  • an opportunity to discuss site issues such as connections with services and utilities such as water, electricity and sewage
  • an opportunity for wider engagement, where appropriate, with other stakeholders, including the local community

Our pre-application service

Our comprehensive pre-application advice service reduces the likelihood of you submitting an invalid application, giving you an assessment of whether there’s a reasonable chance of you getting planning permission.

The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our fees and charges document (PDF File, 1,207kb) [PDF] includes the fee for this service.

If you’re applying for planning permission we strongly advise that you use this service. Applications submitted in the absence of any pre-application discussions are likely to be refused without further negotiation if significant amendments are required to make the development acceptable.

All requests for pre-application advice must be made via our pre-application advice form.

Download the pre-application advice form:

You must provide the minimum level of information set out in the form to ensure that appropriate and timely advice can be given.  Please note we no longer accept cheques as a method of payment, however you can pay online.

Need advice on whether your proposed build needs planning permission? Visit our planning permission advice page for more details.

Your data

The personal information you provide will only be used to process the application you have made to us. Find out more in our Planning privacy notice.