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Pre-application advice

In some cases the Council can provide customers with advice before they make a planning application in line with the Edinburgh Planning Concordat. Please note that as of 1 July 2019 there is a charge for pre-application advice.

Before requesting pre-application advice please read our Customer Service Guide. The Guide sets out the level of service you will receive and the charges.

For general planning queries, please contact the Planning Help Desk.

Download the Customer Service Guide (PDF, 231KB)

Please note the Council does not 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.

In exceptional cases, for example especially complex or sensitive developments, the Council may be able to provide advice. This will be on a case-by-case basis at team managers’ discretion. Please contact the service by email using the details below if you wish to discuss this.

Download the planning quick guides (PDFs)

To request pre-application advice, please complete the request form and submit it to the Council electronically along with any supporting information. The more information you provide, the more comprehensive the advice you receive will be.

Download the request form (PDF, 133KB)

You can pay for pre-application advice by credit/debit card or BACS. When completing the Request Form, please specify how you wish to pay, who will be making payment, and whether you require a VAT receipt.

  • If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, the Council will contact the person you have identified as making payment by phone to take payment and then issue you a receipt by mail.
  • If you wish to pay by BACS, the Council bank details are: Royal Bank of Scotland, account number 00740589, sort code 83 06 08. Please email a screenshot of the payment confirmation to preapplicationadvice@edinburgh.gov.uk. Please do not make payment until the Council has 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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