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Pre-application (pre-app) advice

West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland

Please note that we are unable to give planning advice over the phone or webchat. If you would like the advice of a planning officer attend a surgery or submit a pre-app advice form.


Before you submit an application, you can ask for the advice of a planning officer. You can have a 15 to 30 minute appointment to talk to them.

The surgery meetings aim to assist with householder enquiries only. If your enquiry relates to a minor or larger scale proposal you should use a pre-app form.

Find out more about planning surgeries

Find out more about common projects and the need for planning permission

Apply for pre-app advice

Before you start

Find out:

Apply for our advice online

You will need to have plans, photographs, a description of what you want to do and a credit or debit card to submit payment

Alternatively you can apply via our paper application form:

  1. fill out the pre-app advice enquiry form

  2. attach plans, photographs and a covering letter that explains what you want to do

  3. return the form to us via email or send it in the post

  4. pay the fee by  calling or posting a cheque

Contact the planning team if you need more advice.

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