Applying and guidance for planning applications

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2. Pre-application advice

For advice about whether planning permission is needed or not please see our Do I need planning permission? page.

Advice about the possible outcome of a planning application

We can give you written informal advice about whether or not an application is likely to be successful. We can also help you improve the application in terms of its design and impact on the area and give advice on the necessary documentation to submit.

You will need to complete the Pre-application Advice form. There is a fee for this service as laid out in our Schedule of Pre-Application Charges.

Please provide all the information requested on the form and your fee. We will start work on your request when the fee and all the required information have been provided. 

Full details of the service offered are set out in our Pre-Application Planning Advice Procedure.

General verbal advice on householder developments or impact of neighbouring developments

Teignbridge residents can phone for a discussion on 01626 215735, or to book a face-to -face appointment with a duty officer. Telephone calls will returned in the order received, which may not be the same day. Appointments are a maximum of 20 minutes long and are available each afternoon, from 1pm every half hour, until 3:30pm as the offices are currently closing at 4pm. 

You are encouraged to discuss your plans with your neighbours and any other affected people before you submit your application.

You may also need to discuss your proposal with Building Control to ensure that it will comply with Building Regulations.

Confidentiality and Freedom of Information

Customers normally expect the details of pre-application discussions to be confidential and we aim to provide advice on this basis and so they are not published on the council's website. Neighbours may become aware of your enquiry as a result of our investigations.

However, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and/or the Environmental Information Regulations, third parties can ask to see pre-application documentation and the council has to decide whether any of the information is exempt from disclosure. To assist us in dealing with such requests, applicants/agents are encouraged to submit in writing the specific reasons why, in their view, documentation relating to their pre-application discussions should remain confidential. It will be the decision of the Freedom of Information Officer whether such information is exempt.