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Pre-application advice for businesses

Do you need planning permission?

You can go to the business section of the National Planning Portal website for guidance on what will or will not require planning permission.

If you are still unsure, we can tell you if you will need planning permission. This is a free service for our commercial and business customers, please send details of your proposal to

Will your planning application be approved?

If you're are unsure if your proposal will be given planning consent, we now offer a commercial pre-application advice service. 

You will need to complete the application form below and there is a charge for this service. 

We'll tell you

  • whether your proposal is likely to gain planning permission or listed building consent
  • what the key planning policy issues are
  • what you would need to submit with your planning application

How long it takes

We aim to respond to you within 21 days.  

What it will cost

Charges for pre-application discussions as of 1st April 2017 [21KB]

Please note that from 1st April 2017 Staffordshire County Council Highways department have introduced their own charging policy for Highways Pre-Application Advice. Therefore if you wish to have specific highway advice on your planning proposal at the pre-application stage you will need to contact them directly inline with their guidance and charging policy.  This is a separate process to the Council's pre-application advice service for planning and we are not responsible for any criteria or charging policy set out by the County Council.  Further information is available on the Staffordshire County Council website.

How to apply

Complete the online application form below. You'll need to make a payment as part of this form with a credit or debit card.