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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.

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.

You can find more information about our advice services and send us your full enquiry and pay online in Planning advice in writing.