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Pre-application advice

Pre-application planning advice.

Do I need planning permission?

It is not always necessary to make an application to the council to carry out your development. This is commonly known as ‘permitted development’ and, subject to prior notification and/or approval in some cases, you may not need to obtain express permission (subject to any other approvals, such as Building Regulations).

In these circumstances we offer a free of charge enquiry service to guide you on the likelihood that an application is necessary. If you need advice under this service, the ‘Householder Planning Permission Enquiry Form’ or ‘Non-Householder Planning Permission Enquiry Form’ below should be completed and sent to us via email (preferred) or post. Contact details are set out below.

Your enquiry will be dealt with on the basis of the information you supply so it is in your interests to provide as much detail as possible, as permitted development allowances are based on specific criteria. The advice given will be an informal opinion only, so if you require a formal decision you should submit an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness.

Enquiries relating to whether you need permission for the creation or alteration of an access (‘dropped kerb’ enquiries) will not generally be dealt with. For this we have a Standing Advice Note which can also be downloaded from the related documents section.

Pre-application advice

If you know or have established through the above guidance that you need to make an application for planning permission and/or other related planning consents, then we offer a free of charge enquiry service to advise on the likelihood of gaining permission, as well as to highlight the key considerations under any application and help shape proposals to overcome any likely planning objections and issues. This saves both time and expense at the formal application stage.

If you need advice under this service, the ‘Pre-Application Planning Enquiry Form' in the related documents section, should be completed and sent to us along with plans, drawings and other documents via email (preferred) or post.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Planning Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE11 0AH

email: planning@south-derbys.gov.uk

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