Delays in providing advice

We are currently experiencing delays in providing pre-application advice for planning. This is due to a shortage of staff in key positions. We are working hard to recruit and train new staff and we apologise for any inconvenience.

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You need this advice if you want to: 

  • alter or extend a residential property
  • build a new outbuilding or garage
  • install a new fence
  • make roof alterations
  • install vehicle access or a crossover (known as a dropped kerb)
  • lay new hardstanding or paving
  • check the authorised use of a property or land
  • find out about permitted development rights

You should also apply for this advice if you want to find out information about a property you are thinking of buying. This includes restrictions that may apply to the property.

Types of advice

You can apply for either written advice or a meeting with a planning officer.

If you apply for written advice, a planning officer will respond within 20 working days of receiving your application. (Working days excludes weekends and bank holidays.)

Alternatively, you can request a meeting with a planning officer to discuss your proposal. You will also receive subsequent written confirmation of the advice the planning officer gives you during the meeting.

The fee for the advice depends on whether you have had advice from us before.

Fees for new advice

The fee for written advice is £68. 

The fee for meeting with a planning officer is £200.

Subsequent advice

You can pay a reduced fee for follow-up advice if you have: 

  • already received advice about a similar development on the same site in the last three months
  • received a refusal of planning permission for a similar development on the same site in the last three months

The fee for subsequent written advice is £44.

The fee for a subsequent meeting with a planning officer is £133.

All fees are valid until 31 March 2023.

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Last updated: 21 September 2022