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Getting planning advice

Many queries can actually be quickly resolved without writing in. To find out when a planning application is required, check out Do I need planning permission?

There is a national plain English guide to the planning system (opens in new window).

Duty planner and planning surgeries

Would you like to informally discuss whether you need to apply for planning application or other pre-application advice? Then please talk to a Duty Planner or come to one of our regular planning surgeries - find out times and dates in Contact us and advice.

Submitting your application

Advice about how to submit an application, and what you need to provide can be found in How to apply and our planning guides.

Writing to us

We offer a range of options for obtaining informal written pre-application advice:


Outline scope


Planning Performance Agreement

Fully managed process for significant casework that is large in scale or complex in planning terms

Quotation based on cost recovery, invoiced


Bespoke working arrangements and/or advice by agreement

Quotation based on cost recovery, invoiced


Agreed structured pre-application dialogue to an agreed timetable with jointly agreed actions

£1000+VAT, invoiced


Queries where a meeting or accompanied site visit is required (at our discretion) with written advice

Currently no charge


Queries where you would like a written response

Currently no charge

You can find more information about writing to us for advice in Planning advice in writing.