Pre-application advice

We offer a pre-application advice service. This can help you identify and overcome potential issues and speed up the application process. This may help to minimise the costs of planning applications or avoid submitting an unacceptable proposal.

Please read our planning pre-application fees for this service based on the nature of the proposal. You can pay online.

Please submit the following information:

  • a map which shows the location of the property with local roads and neighbouring properties
  • a specific proposal, including where on the property the development will take place
  • sketches or drawings of the proposed development, ideally to scale. However, it is more important that we get a clear idea of what you intend to apply for. Photos of the property as it is today are always very useful. 

Pre-application advice request form

Pre-application advice for listed buildings can determine whether proposed works are repairs which may not require an application for listed building consent or replacement / development which would require an application for listed building consent.

Any advice we give will be accurate, objective and given in good faith. It will not prejudice the eventual outcome of your application. The level of advice will depend upon the level of information you supply from the start. You should always carry out your own independent surveys and research.

Free advice

We also offer free advice for general householder enquiries and applications. We cannot advise on whether you need planning permission.

For general advice on alterations to your home, please contact our planning advisor on 01252 774419, or by emailing You can also visit the council offices. Please note this service is available between 9.30am and 1.30pm, Monday – Friday.

This service does not apply to commercial advice or new dwellings.

View pre-application requests

To ensure fairness and transparency, we publish all pre-application requests. You should state clearly in your pre-application request if you think it includes financially sensitive material. Any non-commercially financially sensitive parts of a pre-application request will still be published.