Get pre-application advice

How to apply

First find out if you need planning permission, consult those affected by your development, and then use our pre-application advice service.

We will no longer be holding pre-application advice meetings for householder developments. Meetings for all other pre-application submissions will be held in the council offices unless the case officer considers a site meeting essential.

Under the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018, from 25 May 2018 all personal data included with your submission will be held for 3 years. 

Benefits of pre-application advice

  • High quality, professional advice, committed to the collaborative approach outlined in the pdf icon Kent Planning Protocol [8Mb] 
  • Identification at an early stage any need for specialist advice or surveys eg trees, landscape, noise, transport, contaminated land, ecology or archaeology
  • Quicker decisions on applications with more positive outcomes
  • Lower costs due to a reduction in time spent by your professional advisors drawing up proposals
  • Quick identification if a proposal is completely unacceptable, saving you the cost of pursuing a formal application
  • Continuity, as wherever possible, the planning officer who provides the pre-application advice will be the case officer for the subsequent planning application

Does pre-application advice guarantee that my application will be successful?

No. The pre-application advice provided is based solely on the information provided in the pre-application submission and does not take into account the views of statutory consultees and other third parties that would be consulted as part of any subsequent planning application, or unforeseen material planning issues that may arise during the processing of the application.

How much does it cost?

View our fees table for full information.

How do I apply?

Apply online

You can apply using the button below.

Apply for pre-application advice

Remember to discuss your proposal with those who could be affected by the build, take their views into account, and include details of these consultations in an accompanying statement.

What documents do I need to provide?

For a valid application we require the following documents:

  • redline site plan
  • supporting statement
  • site photos
  • block plan with dimensions

You'll also need to pay the correct fee.

Depending on the level of advice required, other plans can be submitted such as elevation plans and floor plans.

For further guidance on producing valid plans and drawings, consult our comprehensive guidance.

Importance of submitting the required information

All advice given will be based on the amount and level of information provided. If only a red line site plan and block plan are submitted, the planning officer will only be able to provide limited advice on the principle of the development and overall issues and not the detail.