Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice

Save time and money with our pre-application advice service.

Before you submit a planning application consider using our pre-application advice service. It can save you time and money in the long run and can speed up the time it can take for your application to be considered. Our service can help you find out whether your proposed development would likely be accepted and what issues there may be before your submitting your planning application.

What the service includes

Our pre-application service can help:

  • identify key planning issues and requirements
  • speed up the development process
  • minimise subsequent planning application costs
  • avoid unfinished applications

Pricing

Our pre-application advice service is a paid for service.

Please view our charging schedule for our up-to-date pre-application charging fees.

If you apply using our online form then payment is taken online via a credit or debit card.

If you complete and submit a paper version of our application form, please call 03450455215 to pay over the phone.

Apply for pre-application advice

You will need to submit the following information so we understand your proposal and can process it:

  • site location plan
  • outline of proposed buildings
  • photographs and sketch drawings
  • the correct fee

Householders (and those applying on your own behalf)

Apply online for pre-application advice

Alternatively, you can download our pre-application advice form and return it via email.

One of our experts will review your proposals before you submit an application and advise you on the best way forward. This can save you time and money with your application in the long-run.

Agents, developers (and those applying on behalf of someone else)

You can complete the form via the above link however will be prompted to register for our customer portal. If you are a South Cambs resident then please do register for a personalised My South Cambs account, where you can access personalised information, such as, Council Tax. 

Apply online for pre-application advice

Alternatively, you can download our pre-application advice form and return it via email.

The process after you have applied

After you have applied you will receive a letter to acknowledge we have got your application and tell you which planning case officer will be dealing with it.

The case officer will normally contact you within 8 working days and arrange a site visit where applicable. They will also let you know when you will receive a written letter setting out informal advice on the proposed development. 

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