Pre-application advice

We are currently receiving a high number of planning applications which is resulting in delays to our usual response times. We are determining applications and responding to enquiries in the order they are received. We will respond as soon as possible.

It is not always necessary to make a planning application to carry out your development. You can check whether your proposal is classed as 'permitted development'.  If you need a formal decision that your proposal is ‘permitted development’ then you should apply for a certificate of lawfulness.

Enquiry service

If you know or have established that you need to make an application for planning permission and/or other related planning consents, then we offer an enquiry service to advise on the likelihood of gaining permission and to highlight the key issues.

We help shape proposals to overcome any likely planning objections and issues, which saves both time and expense at the formal application stage. Our advice will be based on the Local Plan and published Supplementary Planning Documents.


In most cases our adopted design guidance (pdf, 716kb) should enable you to assess whether your proposal will be acceptable. Most agents and designers are familiar with using such guidance and should be able to draw up a scheme that complies with it.

Developers and businesses

We provide a Development Team Response to enquiries about major proposals. The team is assembled and managed by a case officer who brings together all appropriate District Council services. To use this service online, complete the pre-application planning enquiry form by clicking on the green button below and attaching plans, drawings and other relevant documents.

Developers and businesses are encouraged to follow the guidance set out within the South Derbyshire Design Guide (pdf, 4.6mb). This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) aims to improve the design quality of new developments in the District.

Submit a pre-application planning enquiry

Local Validation Requirements

In order to promptly and accurately determine applications for planning permission and related consents, certain information must be supplied. This information needs to be checked before an application can be accepted for assessment.

The Local Validation Requirements document (pdf, 666kb) informs the validation of applications. It is expected that developers and agents follow its guidance when preparing an application, with it offering clarity on when information will be required. This document sets out both the statutory, or mandatory, requirements as well as the locally set requirements. This document was adopted on 23 April 2019.