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Pre-application planning advice

Pre-application planning advice is a service of informal advice from Great Yarmouth Borough Council prior to the submission of a planning application. It is a chargeable service offered by the Council.

The Council is able to provide advice and information if you are considering submitting a development proposal. We welcome and encourage discussions before you submit your application and understand that early discussions of your proposal can provide advantages for all parties involved.

We are able to provide advice to developers and their agents on key issues prior to a formal submission, where the function is to speed up the development process and avoid unacceptable proposals, and sustain and improve the service provided.

The provision of advice on development schemes is time consuming and the current statutory planning fees do not cover the cost of these discussions. In view of this, and taking into account the increased number of requests for advice, in line with many other authorities we introduced fees for providing pre-application planning advice in 2018, along with formalised procedures for handling this area of work.

The advice that we provide does not include consultation with neighbours or statutory bodies. This would be part of the formal application process. It is strongly advised that applicants discuss their proposals with neighbours or other parties interested in the relevant site before submitting a formal planning application.

We will make every effort to ensure that the advice given in the pre-application process is as accurate as possible. However, any advice given by Council officers for pre-application enquiries constitutes advice only. It is not a formal response or decision of the Council with regards to any future planning application and, while it may be a material consideration, cannot be held to bind the Council in its validation or formal determination of a subsequent application. If an application is subsequently submitted which fails to take on board advice given by officers, then the Council may refuse it without further discussion with the applicant or their agent.

Can I still get planning advice if I do not use the pre-application service?

The Borough Council will still offer a basic level of service free of charge, which gives customers access to basic information to allow them to identify some broad principles/issues associated with their developments. This provides:

  • the requirements to submit an application
  • guidance on where to obtain policy information
  • an indication of any potential specialist advice that may be required
What is the cost of the pre-application service?
Scale of proposed developmentType of pre-application advice responseBasic feeVATTotal fee including VAT
Householder development. Works to existing dwellings.Written reply and site visit£112.50£22.50£135.00
Minor Development. Residential development between 1 and 9 proposed dwellings or less than 0.5 hectares site area. Non-residential development: less than 1,000 square metres internal floorspace created; or less than 1 hectares site area. All change of use. Written reply£520.83£104.17£625.00
Meeting in office or video call and written reply£645.83£129.17£775.00
Meeting on site and written reply£720.83£144.17£865.00
Small Major Development. Residential development between 10 and 199 proposed dwellings or less than 0.5 hectares and 4 hectares site area. Non-residential development between 1,000 square metres and 9,999 square metres internal floorspace created; or between 1 hectares and 2 hectares site area.Written Reply£1420.83£284.17£1705.00
Meeting in office or video call and written reply£1720.83£344.17£2065.00
Meeting on site and written reply£2012.50£402.50£2415.00
Large Major Development. Residential development 200 or more proposed dwellings or more than 4 hectares site area. Non-residential development more than 10,000 square metres internal floorspace created; or more than 2 hectares site area. Any proposal requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment.Written Reply£2925.00£585.00£3510.00
Meeting in office or video call and written reply£3275.00£655.00£3930.00
Meeting on site and written reply£3625.00£725.00£4350.00
Confirming a development's compliance with planning obligations or conditions on a planning permission. Confirmation of compliance with a condition imposed on a planning permission£88.33£16.67£100.00
Confirming compliance with a Section 106 Agreement or unilateral undertaking. £125.00£25.00£150.00

For Planning Performance Agreements, please email plan@great-yarmouth.gov.uk to discuss a bespoke cost arrangement and schedule of works tailored to your project. Please note that an additional fee may be required to cover legal advice if required when confirming compliance with a Section 106 agreement or unilateral undertaking. 

Once you are satisfied that you know the required pricing and detail, please complete the  Pre-application enquiry form (PDF) [144KB] (opens new window) .

Last modified on 13 December 2023

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