Pre-application advice

Pre-application Advice

We provide a Pre Application Advice service for Householder and non householder applications. The Pre Application forms can be downloaded from our page Planning Guides and Forms.  The completed form should be returned to  

This is a chargeable service.  The fee for a non-householder pre-application costs half the planning application fee for the proposal up to a maximum of £500 for any Local Application.  The fee for Major Applications costs half the planning application fee for the proposal up to a maximum of £800, unless the proposal is for 100 or more units in which case the fee will be £1,200.   The fee for a householder proposal is £55.  Householder proposals must relate to existing dwellings only, but do not include any change of use.  A list of all our fees can be found on Costs and How to Pay page.  .

If you are trying to find out if a proposal requires planning permission then you should complete a Certificate of Lawfulness application.  Details can be found on the Scottish Government website

The benefits of pre-application advice include:

  • It gives you the opportunity to understand how policies and guidance will be applied to your development proposal
  • It can identify at an early stage where there is a need for specialist input, for example contamination, transport, ecology, etc.
  • It may flag up that the proposal is unacceptable which could save the cost of submitting a formal application
  • It may lead to a reduction in time dealing with the formal application

Advice we will provide:

  • An assessment of the planning merits of a proposal
  • How the proposal relates to key local plan policies and guidance
  • Details of submission requirements
  • Advice on the likely timescale for completing the planning process
  • An outline of the material planning issues

Please be aware that pre-application advice will be made at officer level only and cannot guarantee whether an application will ultimately be successful.  We will not seek input from external stakeholders (e.g. Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage) at this stage.

What do you need to submit with your Pre-application Request:

  • A completed application form
  • A clear description of the proposed development
  • The address of the application site
  • An ordnance survey based location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 which outlines the application site in RED
  • Details of the means of access to the site
  • It would be helpful if you can provide as much information as possible as this will allow us to provide more specific pre application advice.


We would expect to deal with your pre-application enquiry within the following timescales:

Householder and Listed Building Pre-application - 20 working days
Other Local Pre-application - 30 working days
Major Pre-application - 40 working days

Some cases may be more complex and take longer to consider. If this happens, the case officer will contact you and explain why it is not possible to respond within the stated timescales. 



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