Important update on site visits

We have changed our approach to site visits for both planning applications and for pre-application.

We will continue to do site visits, to assess the planning issues, if needed. However, the process is quicker if the assessment can be made using a desk-based approach. We will therefore continue to ask both applicants and agents to send us photographs of proposed development sites. This helps us assess the impacts of the proposal without needing a site visit.

Our advice can help you to:

  • understand how we judge your proposal

  • work out if you need special input, such as with:

    • historic buildings

    • trees or landscape

    • contaminated or unstable land

  • change your proposal to make it more likely to get approved

  • reduce the time spent working with professional advisors

  • see where a proposal is unacceptable saving you the costs of making a full application

  • avoid rejection because there is not enough information given

  • work out if there is any need for a planning obligation or contribution

Application types

There are different types of pre application advice available for different pre application types. The different types are based on the size of the application from simpler single household applications up to major applications covering many dwellings or several hectares (ha) or square meters (sqm):

Householder pre application advice

Other types of householder advice:

Householder pre application advice
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £160 (includes £26.67 VAT)   £240 (includes £40 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting  £320 (includes £53.33 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting

Find out how to apply

Non major pre application

Householder pre application advice
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £400 (includes £66.67 VAT)  £520 (includes £86.67 VAT) and a 1.5 hour meeting   £600 (includes £100 VAT) and a 1.5 hour meeting

Find out how to apply

Major pre application (10 to 25 dwellings)

Advice for developments with 10 to 25 dwellings less than 0.5ha site area or buildings with a floor space less than 1000 sqm.

Major pre application (10 to 25 dwellings)
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £600 (includes £100 VAT) £800 (includes £133.33 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting £900 (includes £150 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting 

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Major pre application (26 to 49 dwellings)

Advice for developments with 26 to 49 dwellings or site area between 0.5 and 4.99ha or building floor space 1000sqm to 9999sqm.

Major pre application (26 to 49 dwellings)
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £900 (includes £150 VAT) £1100 (includes £183.33 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting  £1200 (includes £200 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting 

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Significant major pre application (over 50 dwellings)

Advice for developments with over 50 dwellings site area 5ha or more or building floorspace 10,000 sqm or more or development requiring EIA development.

Significant major pre application (over 50 dwellings)
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £1200 (includes £200 VAT)  £1500 (includes £250 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting  £1600 (includes £266.67 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting 

Find out how to apply

Waste and minerals pre application - small

Advice for developments with a site area up 0.49ha and building floor space up to 999sqm.

Waste and minerals pre application - small
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £600 (includes £100 VAT) £800 (includes £133.33 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting  £900 (includes £150 VAT) and a 2 hour meeting 

To submit a pre-application enquiry for a minerals or waste proposal, please contact the minerals and waste team.

Waste and minerals – pre application - large

Advice for developments with a site area 0.5ha or more or building floor space of 1000sqm or more or exploration/appraisal and production of hydrocarbons or development requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Waste and minerals pre application - large
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price:  £1200 (includes £200 VAT) £1800 (includes £300 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting  £1900 (includes £316.67 VAT) and a 3 hour meeting 

To submit a pre-application enquiry for a minerals or waste proposal, please contact the minerals and waste team.

Additional officers at a meeting (including specialists)

£100 (includes £16.67 VAT) per hour or part thereof.

Find out how to apply

Specialist Listed Building and Trees advice only (no planning input)

Householder pre application advice
 Advice type:  Written advice Office meeting including a write up of the discussion Site based meeting including a write up of the discussion
 Price: £160 (includes £26.67 VAT)   £240 (includes £40 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting  £320 (includes £53.33 VAT) and a 1 hour meeting

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Follow up advice for any pre application type

Follow up advice for any pre application type
 Application type: Major and significant majors Non majors Householders
 Price:  £100 (includes £16.67 VAT) per hour or part thereof

 

£80 (includes £13.33 VAT) per hour or part thereof 
£65 (includes £10.83 VAT) per hour or part thereof

How to apply

Minerals and waste

For minerals and waste proposals, please contact the minerals and waste team.

Confidentiality

We are subject to requirements under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). If we receive a request to disclose any information in relation to a pre-application discussion prior to the submission of a related planning application, we will make reasonable efforts to notify and consult with you concerning its possible release. However the final decision on whether the information should be withheld rests with the council. The council maintains compliance to the Data Protection Act. We will not release any personal information to third parties.

Please be aware that any pre-application advice given is likely to be made publicly available as part of the online documents once we receive a related application, subject to commercial confidentiality rules.

The planning office for the North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland area

Name: Planning - North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland area
Email: planningwest@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 838336
Full contact details

The planning office for the Eastern area

Email: planningeast@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01202 228945
Full contact details

The planning office for the Purbeck area

Email: planningeast@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01929 556561
Full contact details

Minerals and waste team

Name: Planning, minerals and waste
Email: planningteama@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 224289
Full contact details

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