Planning Advice

Pre-Application Advice

Our pre-application service is a service aimed at giving applicants, architects and developers clear advice about whether the Authority would be likely to support a proposal. It is important to note that this service is for the provision of advice - it does not provide any formal approval or refusal and all advice is given without prejudice to any decision the Authority may make on any subsequent application.

Why is pre-application advice helpful?

Open and constructive pre-application discussions are an opportunity for the Authority and applicants to work together. This helps to achieve developments that deliver benefits to the individual, community, environment and the economy.

It can also save time and costs and avoid unnecessary protracted discussions.

Benefits of pre-application enquiries and discussions include:

  • Saving time and resources;
  • Helping raise the quality of development;
  • Speeding up the validation process;
  • Gaining community acceptance through engagement if required;
  • Reducing the number of unsuccessful planning applications;
  • Identifying the need for specialist input earlier;
  • Provide sufficient information to support final application

What does it cost?

Exmoor proposed charging schedule

Do I need Planning Permission?

pre-app householders Including Listed Buildings

All other non major development, Including Listed Buildings

Agricultural development

Major development









What information do I need to provide?

The following information will be required when submitting any enquiry or pre-application request. This ensures that you give us all the information we need.

  • The relevant Pre-application fee (please call 01398 323665 to make a payment);
  • A site location plan, clearly identifying the site in question;
  • A sketch plan showing the proposed development work;
  • Full description of the development proposed; and
  • Photographs of the site if they would help to put the development in context

and if appropriate;

  • A summary of any community/neighbour consultation that has been carried out

Depending on the complexity of the proposal, you may need to provide additional details. However, the more information you can give us initially, the more detailed and comprehensive the response from officers can be.

Submitting Applications

We encourage you to submit your application electronically via the national Planning Portal. The Portal assists by providing a structured way to complete the forms, check the planning fees and allows the completed process to be completed on line (or partially on line if your prefer). The Planning Portal also provides a range of planning and Building Control guidance. The Portal can be accessed here.

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