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Pre-application advice


Before you make an application, you can get advice at a surgery meeting (for small domestic developments only) or by submitting a form. This can help you make a better application and can save time and money.

Our advice can help you to:

  • understand how we judge your proposal

  • work out if you need special input, such as with:

    • historic buildings

    • trees or landscape

    • contaminated or unstable land

  • change your proposal to make it more likely to get approved

  • reduce the time spent working with professional advisors

  • see where a proposal is unacceptable saving you the costs of making a full application

  • avoid rejection because there is not enough information given

  • work out if there is any need for a planning obligation or contribution

Some councils may charge for this service.

You need to read the information from the council you are applying to in order to apply. If you are not sure which council you need to apply to, you can search for the property using our map. Search for the property and click in the area outlined in blue to find the name of the council you should apply to:

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