County Planning: pre-application advice

Request pre-application advice before submitting a planning application.

1 Overview

Pre-application advice can help to:

  • verify local requirements
  • reduce the likelihood of submitting invalid applications
  • help you understand how planning policies and other requirements affect your proposals.

Please note: For pre-application advice from County Highways, please see Pre-application advice for roads and transport.

2 Costs

Written advice only

Written confirmation of the County Council’s views, based solely on a ‘desktop’ assessment and the information you submit.

  • Charge - minor proposals: £200
  • Charge - major proposals: £500

Meeting at County Hall

A meeting with you (and your representative(s)) at County Hall for up to 2 hours. Written advice based on a ‘desktop’ assessment.

  • Charge - minor proposals: £300
  • Charge - major proposals: £650

Meeting on site

A meeting with you (and your representative(s)) at the site, for up to 2 hours (excluding travelling). Written advice.

  • Charge - minor proposals: £350
  • Charge - major proposals: £850

Follow-up meetings

Additional advice provided with respect to any further information or alterations to the proposals.

  • Charge - minor proposals: £100
  • Charge - major proposals: £250


You will be asked to make payment online once we have received your application.

3 Request pre-application advice

We offer several levels of advice charged at different rates. The guidance document explains the types of advice offered and how much they cost.   

After reading the guidance, complete our online the application form.

Pre-application advice online application

4 Request environment and heritage advice

Our Environment and Heritage Team provides a chargeable advice service on matters such as landscape, ecology and archaeology.

The advice will assist:

  • statutory undertakers when undertaking works that may impact on the natural or historic environment
  • developers of major planning applications where they impact on a key or sensitive site.

For more information, email:

5 Request advice on highways issues

To request advice on highways issues associated with any proposed development, visit Pre-application advice for roads and transport.

Last updated:
3 April 2020
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