What needs planning permission

Pre application advice service


Due COVID-19 and unprecedented application numbers, we are suspending the pre-application advice service from 1 January 2022 for three months. This will be under review and may be extended to 30 June 2022. All existing pre-applications will continue to be processed in the normal way and, as much as possible, within normally expected timescales. We do recognise that major proposals rarely progress without the need for some discussion and negotiation so we will continue to provide planning pre-application advice for major developments. The temporary suspension of this service also includes general planning queries seeking written confirmation about the need for planning permission. Guidance on what needs planning permission is however available. If you need formal written confirmation, we will require the submission of an application for Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development.

Pre application advice

It is our policy to encourage and provide pre application advice. This paid for service offers significant benefits by providing greater certainty to the outcome of any application that may be submitted and speeding up the application process. We recommend that you seek formal pre application advice from us before you submit a planning application. You may request one of the following options:

  • written response/s
  • meeting and verbal advice
  • meeting and written response/s

Submit a pre application form

More information is available in our pre-application guidance note

Type of Development Written Response

(per meeting)

Workshop and Written Response
Householder Development £40 £60 -
Local Development (other than housing) £110 £260 £310
Proposals for a one to two houses or flats £110 £260 £310
Housing developments (3-49 houses) £260 £410 £310
Housing developments (more than 49 houses or sites over two hectares) £460 £710 £960
Renewable Energy Projects over two hectares £760 £1,010 £1,510
All other major developments £460 £710 £960

Please be aware that fee changes are liable to change without consultation.

Exceptions to charges

Advice will be provided free of charge in the following cases:

  • advice in respect of proposals which only require listed building consent or conservation area consent
  • developments solely proposing disabled facilities or access
  • 100% Affordable Housing Schemes
  • proposals where the applicant/developer is a registered charity or a Community Council
  • discussions with residents potentially affected by developments
  • one meeting or written response following an refusal of an application, where revisions to that refused scheme within the same application site are proposed

Information to provide with your proposal

In order for advice to be effective it is essential that you provide enough information on your proposals and this may include:

  • a scaled plan showing the site and identifying other land within the ownership or control of the applicant
  • any relevant planning history that you are aware of, details of the existing use, a schedule of any existing floorspace and any other background information that is relevant to the proposal
  • a topographical site survey or other information sufficient to understand existing and proposed site levels in relation to the surrounding area
  • a description of the proposal, including a calculation of any new/additional floorspace if appropriate
  • any necessary scaled plans, elevations, sections and photographs (which are particularly useful to understand the proposal and its context)
  • in the case of more significant proposals, a draft Design and Access Statement