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Pre-application advice

In some cases we can advise you before you make a planning application in line with the Edinburgh Planning Concordat. As of 1 July 2019 there is a charge for pre-application advice.

Before requesting pre-application advice read our customer service guide (PDF). The guide sets out the level of service you will receive and the charges.

Contact the Planning helpdesk for general planning queries.

What we advise on

We don't usually provide bespoke pre-application advice on

  • householder developments
  • advertising and signage
  • simple changes of use/alterations.

Advice on proposals of this nature can be accessed in the planning quick guides (PDFs).

In exceptional cases, for example especially complex or sensitive developments, we may be able to provide advice. This is on a case-by-case basis at team managers’ discretion. Email us using the details below to discuss this. 

Advice on non-material variations does not fall within the scope of the service. Contact the relevant case officer for advice on non-material variations.

Request advice

To request pre-application advice, please submit the request form (PDF) to us electronically along with any supporting information. The more information you provide, the more comprehensive the advice you receive will be.

You can pay for pre-application advice by credit card, debit card or BACS. When completing the request form, specify

  • how you wish to pay
  • who will be making payment
  • whether you require a VAT receipt.

We cannot take payment via our Payment Unit at this time

To pay by credit or debit card, we will call the person you have identified as making payment to take payment and then post you a receipt.

To pay by BACS, our bank details are: Royal Bank of Scotland, account number 00740589, sort code 83 06 08. Email a screenshot of the payment confirmation to preapplicationadvice@edinburgh.gov.uk. Please do not pay until we have contacted you to acknowledge that the request form is valid.

City of Edinburgh Council service areas can pay by internal journal transfer. Please include a folio code in the request form. Please note that VAT is not payable on internal journal transfers.

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