We use cookies to make this site simpler. By browsing our pages you are accepting our use of cookies. Find out more on our cookies and privacy page.
Essential maintenance work from 6pm on 7/12/17 will affect our internet services, including websites and e-mail.

Pre-Application Advice


Summary (optional)
Pre-application advice (Householder, non-householder and general advice)
start content

We offer two different forms of enquiry services. The types of enquiry services are explained below in more detail:The best way to find out is to use the Planning Portal Interactive House tool. This visual guide takes into account permitted development rights and explains the various limitations which apply (Make sure that you select the Welsh option as different rules apply in England). These rights do not apply to flats and maisonettes. Full planning permission is always needed for new dwellings.

In some situations permitted development rights are more restricted e.g. if your property is a listed building or located in a conservation area or Article 4 Direction area.

The best way to find out is to use the Planning Portal. This visual guide takes into account permitted development rights and explains the various limitations which apply (Make sure that you select the Welsh option as different rules apply in England). These rights do not apply to flats and maisonettes. Full planning permission is always needed for new dwellings.

In some situations permitted development rights are more restricted e.g. if your property is a listed building or located in a conservation area or Article 4 Direction area.

1. Do I need Planning Permission

This is currently a free service that we provide which will enable you to find out if you need planning permission.  
You should complete the forms listed below and we will then be able to provide you with a written opinion as to whether an application for Planning Permission or Listed Building Consent is required in respect of your development proposal.

Householder enquiries

You should use the Advice request form for householder developments (non statutory) if you want to carry out improvements, extensions, alterations to your home or carry out work within your garden. The best way to find out if you need planning permission is to use the Planning Portal Interactive House tool. This visual guide takes into account permitted development rights and explains the various limitations which apply (Make sure that you select the Welsh option as different rules apply in England). These rights do not apply to flats and maisonettes.

If you are a childminder and need to know if you need permission then please complete the advice request form for householder developments. Some of the information within the form may not be directly relevant but please provide as much information as  you can, it would also speed up the enquiry process if you could also complete the information contained within Annex C (see link below) and submit that with your enquiry: http://gov.wales/docs/desh/publications/160215-cl-01-16-planning-and-childcare-en.pdf

Non-householder developments

You should use the Advice request form for non-householder developments (non statutory) if:

You need to know if you need planning permission for any other non householder work. For example - change of use to a business, or for the erection of commercial buildings, the erection of dwellings/apartments etc. This form should also be used for those seeking advice on advertisement and Listed Building Consent proposals as these are exempt from the statutory enquiry service.

You must put your enquiry in writing and provide all the details we ask for, otherwise we may have to return your enquiry to you asking for more information. We aim to respond to the above enquiries within 28 days.

2. I know I need planning permission but I need to know what the authority think about my proposals (statutory process)

Pre-planning application advice is an important part of the planning process. It means that any potential issues can be resolved prior to the submission of an application and the quality of applications can be improved and speedier decisions can be made. The process then has more certainty and clarity because planning issues and requirements can be identified early and before an application is submitted.

The process relates to enquiries for full/outline planning permission and does not relate to advice for advertisement consent and proposals purely for Listed Building Consent. 

From 16th March, 2016, a statutory pre-application charging system will be introduced. This means that for any prospective applicant/agent wanting to find out if their proposal is acceptable then there is a statutory charge for providing this advice. 

Once we have received your enquiry and if it is valid all enquiries will have to be responded to within 21 days unless an extension of time is agreed. As a minimum, we will provide you with the following information:

Householder


The relevant planning history of the site.

  • The relevant development plan policies against which the development proposal will be assessed.
  • Relevant supplementary planning guidance (i.e. design, conservation etc.)
  • Any other material planning considerations.
  • An initial assessment of the proposed development, based on the information above.

For all other development proposals, applicants should receive all the information outlined above, as well as whether any Section 106 or Community Infrastructure Levy contributions are likely to be sought and an indication of the scope and amount of these contributions. If the development is for major development or if the application is likely to be complex then you will need to provide as much detail as possible, if necessary, meetings will be arranged with other key consultees to assess your proposals and in some instance a site visit may be taken. However this is at the discretion of the Local Planning Authority. 

If you are seeking advice on affordable housing contributions, you will need to submit the Affordable Housing Viability Proforma, unless the proposal falls within any of the following exemptions (PDF).

Please note that any pre-application advice or views given by planning officers are based on informal Officer opinion and do not commit the Council or its Officers in any way.

Information to be submitted with your enquiry:

Further information and guidance is provided with the forms but a valid pre-application enquiry must contain a completed application form, location plan drawn to a recognised scale with the direction North identifying the land to which the application relates and a statutory application fee. Without payment of the appropriate fee the Local Planning Authority will be under no obligation to accept a pre-application enquiry form, therefore, the pre-application service would not begin until the correct fee is received. The fee for a householder enquiry is £25.

When using the statutory enquiry process please use the following forms:

Advice request form for householder developments (statutory) 
Advice request form for non-householder developments (statutory)

For further information about this process please click on the following links:


Contact us

For general advice, it is possible to speak to a member of the Development Management team and we have a duty officer available (please see this document showing when the duty officer will be available (PDF)). There is an answer phone service phone service when the duty officer is unavailable, please leave a message and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

Development Management Duty Officer
Online
E-mail: cynllunioplanning@conwy.gov.uk

In this section

Drag side panels here (optional)
end content

Find your nearest schools, hospitals, council services and more