Chelmsford City Council

Request planning advice

Due to the coronavirus, we have suspended face to face meetings with planning officers. However, you can meet with our officers online via Skype or Microsoft Teams.

If you are planning to change your property or build something new, we can give you advice before you apply for formal planning permission. This is known as pre-application advice.

A planning officer will review your proposed development and provide advice about:

  • whether you need planning permission
  • the likelihood of your planning application being approved
  • any issues that you need to consider before you submit your planning application 
  • the information, forms and documents you need to submit with your planning application to ensure it is valid

The advice we give you will depend on your plans. So that we can give you the correct advice, you will need to give us details about you want to do.

If you applying for advice on major or strategic developments, you can request advice on housing policy and planning policy as part of the application.

The fees you need to pay also depend on the type of advice you are applying for. You can see a list of all the planning advice fees.

Plans and documents

You can upload plans and documents with your application, so the Planning Officer can assess your proposal.

The more information you can provide, the more useful you will find the advice we can give. You need to include an accurate site plan.  

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    Last updated: 01 April 2021

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