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Get advice before making an application

How to get pre-application advice

Pre-application advice

If you want us to consider your planning proposals before you submit the application, we offer a pre-application advice service.

Please be aware we are currently dealing with very high workloads and therefore the pre-application service is taking longer than the target timescales.

There are considerable benefits in seeking advice before making an application:

  • we'll explain the policies we use to assess your proposal
  • it will help you prepare your proposals for formal submission (and they may be dealt with more quickly, and the result more likely to be positive)
  • it can identify at an early stage where there is a need for specialist input (for example, listed buildings, or contaminated land)
  • it may lead to a reduction in time spent by your professional advisors in working up proposals

How to apply

To apply for pre-application advice you'll need:

  • to pay the appropriate fee, as follows;
    1. Pre-application advice with consultations - 20% of the planning fee plus VAT
    2. Pre-application advice without consultations - 15% of the planning fee plus VAT
    3. Planning officer meeting - £50 plus VAT
  • a location plan, a block plan, and a floor plan and elevations (four copies of each)

For current planning fees please visit this guide to the fees for Planning Applications in England.

Apply for pre-application advice

Pre-application (no consultations) form

We also offer a pre-application (no consultation) service. The fee for this service is less that the full pre-application (please see our fees document at the bottom of the page). However, it is limited to officer interpretation of your proposal (looking at the design and scale), without undertaking any consultations.

Apply for pre-application (no consultations) advice

If you need any help to apply for pre-application advice, please see our guidance booklet at the bottom of the page.

Once you've completed your application

Once you've downloaded and completed the application form, you can scan and email a copy to us at Or you can send the form to the address below:

Environment and Planning, Kings Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1EX.

You'll also need to pay the fee. You can:

  • pay over the phone on 01553 616879
  • post us a cheque (payable to BCKLWN)

Online information

Our planning pages provide information on a range of topics. You can also look on the Planning Portal Website which gives information about permitted developments, and what is likely to need planning permission.