Formal Pre-Application Advice

*Please note that unfortunately at this time due to the unprecedented number of planning applications we are currently receiving we are unable to process formal pre-application requests until further notice.*

We welcome and encourage pre-application discussions prior to submitting a formal planning application. At pre-application stage we can provide a positive and proactive planning service.

We offer 4 different categories of advice, each category attracts its own fee which are listed on our pre-application planning advice request form and guidance note. Please be aware that our fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

If you wish to submit a pre-application request please complete our Pre-application planning advice request form.

Our guidance note covers the following:

  • Benefits of pre-application advice
  • Our approach to pre-application advice
  • Pre-application categories
  • Duty Officer Service
  • Information required
  • How to request pre-application advice
  • Planning Performance Agreements
  • Pre-application fees and charges

Planning Performance Agreements

A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) is an agreement between SDC and the applicant to provide a project management framework for handling a major planning application. Please take a look at our Planning Performance Agreement charter for further information.