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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. There is a charge for pre-application advice.

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

Contact the planning helpdesk for general planning enquiries.

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.

In exceptional cases, for example complex or sensitive developments, we may be able to provide advice. This is on a case-by-case basis at team managers’ discretion. Contact us 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.

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Please not that as of 19 March 2020 we are we have made the decision to temporarily suspend our pre-application service, to allow us to focus our resources on our main statutory duties. We will review this and update as necessary.