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Pre-application enquiries

Pre-planning application enquiry service

Leeds City Council is committed to working with applicants at the pre-application stage of planning proposals and we actively encourage pre-application discussions for all types of development.

Following recent consultation, we will be making some changes to the pre-application enquiry service, with effect from 1 January 2016.  These changes affect the enquiry services for household applications, where there is now a £50 fee for the service and paid service for major pre-application enquiries.

How do I get pre-application advice?

All enquiries should only be submitted on the pre-application advice service form along with supporting information and fee.  Guidance notes describing what the enquiry service provides and the fees payable is available in the Documents section of this page.  The enquiry form which describes the supporting information requirements is also in the Documents section.

Please note:  You will need to save the enquiry form to your system before completing it

The enquiry form, supporting information and fee should be emailed to or send by post to: Planning Services, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD.   

What information will I need to provide?

The Council will require certain information to be submitted with your pre-application enquiry to ensure that proper evaluation and robust feedback can be given.  The pre-application advice service form provides a checklist of the information that should be submitted.  Without the supporting information the enquiry cannot be dealt with.

The level of submitted information should be in proportion to the size and type of development that you are proposing.  The more comprehensive the information supplied, the more detailed our response can be.

Further help
A range of publications, guidance and policy documents are available in the Documents section which will help you develop your proposal. 


Some extensions to houses and some garden buildings do not need planning permission.  You can check on the mini guide to permitted development on the Planning Portal website or use the Permitted Development enquiry service for which there is a fee.

The Council positively encourages any applicants to consult with neighbours and for larger schemes ward members and local communities on their proposals.  A guidance leaflet Pre-application engagement – a guide to best practice available from the Documents section will help you with this.​​​​​​

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