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).
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.
We offer a range of options for obtaining informal written pre-application advice.
You can find more information about our advice services and send us your full enquiry and pay online in Planning advice in writing.