Make a pre-application enquiry

In the 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.

Charges for pre-application advice

Pre-application advice is a chargable service which includes VAT. However, it could save you money in the longer term by avoiding issues and saving time. The fees are set out in the Schedule of Planning Application Enquiry Fees below.

Pay over the phone

You can call us to pay by credit or debit card, you can also call to arrange a BACs payment.

Call us on 0114 273 4218 or email 

Apply for pre-application advice

In order to manage the process, all enquiries should be submitted on the appropriate pre-application enquiry form together with the relevant fee and necessary supporting documents described in the form. 

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. Contact us to obtain policy advice (there is a charge for this). Policy documents and other information are available which may answer your queries.

Planning Performance Agreements

Strategic developments of city wide significance are best dealt with through a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA). This is an agreement between you and the local planning authority which provides a project management framework for handing a major application. PPAs are usually agreed at the pre-application stage and relate to the whole development process, up to and including the discharge of conditions. The key benefits of a PPA include a bespoke timetable, with a structure of deadlines and action points, and greater collaborative working between key stakeholders.

This service has a different charging structure to our pre-application enquiry service. Fees will be calculated on an individual basis, depending on the scale and complexity of the proposal.

If you are interested in entering into a Planning Performance Agreement, please email details of your proposal to


Contact Planning Enquiries

Howden House
1 Union Street
S1 2SH
0114 203 9183
Monday to Friday
9am to 4pm

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