Planning Pre-application Advice

Pre-Application Advice Service

Pre-application advice is advice given to anyone who is considering building works and/or changes of use to properties on the Isle of Wight. This pre-application advice will be provided for a fee and is the stage before making a planning application.

If you need planning permission, you can use our pre-application advice service before submitting your application to us. 

We will:

  • Consider the proposal against Council policies and standards.
  • Consider the need for further investigations or key groups that may need to be spoken to.
  • Write to you and let you know whether we think you should continue with your planning application.
  • Provide you with constructive feedback on issues and potential solutions, giving you an informal opinion on the proposal.

If you are unsure whether you need to apply for planning permission please visit the planning portal website by clicking here. There are also various groups, such as Planning Aid, or individual companies or agencies (planning consultants, architects etc.) who will also be able to advise you. You can find details of these groups by using an internet search engine.

Please note: meetings are no longer available on request, they will only be arranged at the discretion of the planning officer.

The benefits of obtaining pre-application advice

There are a number of benefits of pre-application discussions.  Some of these include:

  • Saving time and money.
  • Reducing the number of unsuccessful planning applications.
  • Making sure you provide enough information to support your final application.

The cost of pre-application advice

To provide a quality service the Isle of Wight Council has introduced, with effect from 1st September 2015, a charging schedule for pre-application advice.  

The fees are set out in the table below: 

 Type of Application

Proposed Fee

 Householder

£48

This will cover one response giving advice and an opinion.  The need for a meeting is at the discretion of the planning officer.  If deemed necessary, the fee includes a meeting of up to 30 minutes.

Other (e.g. Change of Use, etc)

£72

This will cover one response giving advice and an opinion.  The need for a meeting is at the discretion of the planning officer.  If deemed necessary, the fee includes a meeting of up to 30 minutes.

Minor (1-9 dwellings, buildings up to 1000m2 in floorspace and sites up to 1 hectare in size)

£120

This will cover one response giving advice and an opinion.  The need for a meeting is at the discretion of the planning officer.  If deemed necessary, the fee includes a meeting of up to 1 hour.

Major (10-99 dwellings, buildings over 1000m2 in floorspace and sites over 1 hectare in size)

£480

This will cover one response giving advice and an opinion and may also include a meeting of and site visit of up to 1 hour, but this is at the discretion of the case officer.

 Large Major (100+ dwellings)

£700

This will cover one response giving advice and an opinion and will include a meeting of up to 1 hour and one site visit of 30 minutes.

Planning Performance Agreements

£840 on receipt of the Agreement, with a further 10% of the planning fee at the point of submission of the planning application. 

Bespoke agreements to cover pre-application advice, the application and post decision monitoring, the allocation of a dedicated case officer and an agreed time frame for determination.

How to request pre-application advice online

Pre-application advice can be requested via the Council’s online facility, which can be accessed as follows:

  • Householder by clicking here for the householder form.
  • Non-householder by clicking here for the non-householder form.

To receive advice, you will need to complete all the relevant fields within the form and attach the plans and information that are relevant to the proposals you would like to be considered. The attached information can only be accepted online as either a PDF or jpg file format. You will be required to pay the correct fee, based on the cost criteria set out above. The fee must be paid online before the application form will be accepted.

The Council would prefer for all pre-application advice requests to be made via the online forms above.

Please note: payments by cheque or by credit or debit card over the telephone cannot be accepted using the online forms.

Major planning proposals

At the moment, the online forms for pre-application advice do not relate to major proposals and therefore you will need to submit such proposals via email to development@iow.gov.uk or alternatively by submitting a hard copy. We are working on providing suitable online forms in the future.  

How to request pre-application advice via email

If you are unable to submit pre-application advice requests or make payments online you can submit your pre-application advice request by email to development@iow.gov.uk

In your email you will need to provide details of the proposal and send plans as attachments in PDF file format. Then please send a cheque for the correct fee made payable to "Isle of Wight Council" to Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS or please telephone 01983 823552 if you wish to make payment by credit or debit card.

How to request pre-application advice in writing

If you would like to apply in writing, please send details of the proposal and plans to Seaclose Offices, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QS along with a cheque for the correct fee made payable to "Isle of Wight Council" or please telephone the council on 01983 823552 if you wish to make payment by credit or debit card.

Final stages of the application process

Upon confirmation that payment has been received and the necessary information has been provided, the case will be allocated to an Officer within 5 working days.

If further information is required, then you will be contacted by email if you have applied online or by email, or in writing if you have written to us.

Please note:  the request will not be allocated to an officer until the further information has been received or you have confirmed that you would like the advice to be provided based on the original information submitted. 

Once we have all the necessary information the case will be allocated to an officer and we will provide you with the pre-application advice.The target date for responding to a request will be 20 working days, although this cannot always be guaranteed for more complex schemes.

Please do not submit original copies of documents, especially legal documents/deeds/historical information. Usually a copy of the document is enough, however, the case officer will contact you if any original documents need to be seen.

Further information about our pre-application advice service, including terms and conditions, can be found in the pre-application advice guidance note which can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 364KB, 6 pages).