We offer pre-application advice on a variety of planning matters you need to consider before applying for permission, such as:
- if you need planning permission for your proposal
- if your proposal is likely to be acceptable when submitted as an application and possible changes you can make if not.
- the previous planning history for your site and any planning constraints that apply
- advice on local and national planning policies that apply to your proposal
- planning obligations (S106 agreements or CIL payments)
- consultation or publicity you should carry out before submitting your application
All advice is given on an informal basis, assessed in accordance with relevant planning policies and current legislation. Our advice is intended as a guide to assist in finding out if a proposal would be acceptable in principle. Some factors cannot be assessed until application stage, when a site visit and relevant consultations are carried out.
The advice we give at pre-application stage does not provide a formal legal opinion. If you require formal confirmation that planning permission is not required, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. This will provide a legal decision as to whether the development meets the criteria for permitted development.
Apply for pre-application planning advice online to Lewes District or Eastbourne Borough Council
Our online form covers both councils, however you should read the guidance, exemption notes and fee information below for the council you are applying to before starting your application.
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The South Downs National Park (SDNP) provides its own pre-application advice. If you are unsure if your application site is within the SDNP please use the Do I live in the National Park? web tool. You can also find guidance on how to apply to them below.