Pre-application advice and fees
Please note that we are no longer able to offer an informal advice service as to whether planning permission would or would not be required for your proposal.
For a formal decision as to whether planning permission is required for your proposal you will need to submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development - Proposed.
For a formal decision as to whether listed building consent is required for your proposal you will need to submit an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a Listed Building.
The Council has a chargeable pre-application advice service which is designed to provide consistent, quality advice on proposed developments.
Our 'Planning Pre-Application and Policy Guidance Note' sets out the charges, how pre-application advice will be provided, information required by the Council, and the timescales in which the Council aim to respond.
Advice on Pre-application for Major Schemes and Design is also available.
Online request for pre-application advice
(This will generate a payment reference ('OWPRE') which may be used for any subsequent fee payment which may be required for meetings etc)
Postal request for pre-application advice
Your enquiry will not be processed until payment has been received. Payments can either be made:
- By using our online payment provider
- or by cheque made payable to Rother District Council.
If you have any questions regarding the fee then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that where planning applications are submitted more than 6 months after the advice has been given, or where there has been a change in National or Local Planning Policy, this may affect the weight attached to pre-application advice previously given.
Pre-application views and opinions are given 'without prejudice' to the consideration by the Council of a formal planning application, which will be subject to wider consultation and publicity. Advice given does not constitute a guarantee about the decision that will be made.
Freedom of information
Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we may receive a request to provide information regarding enquiries for pre-application advice. While there is a general presumption in favour of disclosure, Regulation 12 (5)(f) exempts information where the interests of the person who provided the information would be adversely affected, where that person had no legal obligation to supply it to the authority or any other authority, which the authority is not entitled to disclose it apart from under the Regulations and where that person has not consented to any disclosure. You are therefore asked, if you believe the enquiry to be confidential, to supply a covering letter setting out the reasons why you would not consent to disclosure of information relating to it and for what period. The decision as to whether to release the information however lies with the Local Planning Authority.