This guidance covers all requests for planning advice before a planning application is submitted. There is separate guidance on do you need permission?
Before submitting a planning application, you or your agent are advised to contact us to identify the case officer who will help you through the process.
We will advise whether or not you should seek pre-application advice and whether a pre-application meeting(s) would be useful.
In the modern planning system the pre-application phase is where key issues are expected to be resolved, as far as possible.
If a scheme is submitted which fails to meet our published planning policy requirements and there have been no meaningful pre-application discussions, that could be regarded as an unreasonable approach. Such an application runs the risk of being refused without further negotiation.
Some of the benefits of pre-application advice are:
Giving you an opportunity to explain your needs
Establishing planning policy requirements
Commencing a dialogue towards resolving any planning issues that your proposal raises
Identifying what information is required for a valid application to be submitted
For more controversial schemes, identifying where early community or Planning Committee consultation could be of benefit.
Advice will be set out in writing, including a record of advice given in pre-application meetings.
In order to manage the process all enquiries (other than policy advice referred to below) should be submitted on the appropriate pre-application enquiry form and submitted together with the relevant fee and necessary supporting documents as described in the form.
A form for anyone seeking pre-planning application advice for minor development that attracts a charge
A form for anyone seeking pre-planning application advice for major development that attracts a charge
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Credit card payment will also be accepted but we will add an additional fee. We do not accept cheques. The fees are set out in the Schedule of Planning Enquiry Fees below.
Full schedule of the fees
In some cases developers will be aware that there is a key policy issue that may determine whether their development will comply with a local plan policy or not.
We have also published advice on converting houses into Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
Contact us to obtain policy advice (there is a charge for this). Policy documents and other information are available which may answer your queries.
For large scale and complex planning applications that will take longer than the 13 week target a PPA can provide a useful project management framework.
We have guidance on the planning issues that matter in Sheffield. These tell you where technical documents will be required in support of your application, though you are advised to confirm the requirements with the case officer.
New development must be sustainable, so please do read our Sustainability Guidance.