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Pre-application advice for West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland

Get our opinion about your proposal before you submit a full application.

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-application 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-application form.

Find out more about planning surgeries.

Find out more about common projects and the need for planning permission (opens in a new window).

Apply for pre-application advice

Before you start

Find out:

You will need to have these documents ready to upload:

  1. plans
  2. photographs
  3. an explanation of what you want to do
  4. a credit or debit card to submit payment

Apply for our advice online

Apply to West Dorset

Apply to Weymouth & Portland

Alternatively You can apply via our paper application form:

  1. fill out the pre-application advice enquiry form (pdf, 204kb) (opens in a new window)
  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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