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Planning Advice Service

PLEASE NOTE: the Development Management Service is currently experiencing high numbers of planning applications which is leading to some delays in dealing with pre-application advice enquiries. We will try our best to deal with your enquiry within our timescales and will contact you to agree a longer period if needs be.

Permitted Development Enquiry Service – Do I need planning permission?

Many types of minor development are classed as ‘permitted development’. This means they do not require a planning application. These can include certain extensions or alterations to houses or small scale farm developments. The permitted development regulations are quite complicated, for a fee of £30 (including VAT) we can confirm whether your proposal is ‘permitted development’ or if a planning application is required. For extensions, curtilage buildings and renewable energy please email the relevant enquiry form, for other proposals please send a detailed email outlining your proposal and giving the address of the property. Emails should be sent to We will provide a written response within 5 working days of receipt of the completed enquiry form or email and fee.

Members of the public can obtain verbal planning advice on householder or small-scale development proposals at our Planning Advice Surgeries. The Planning Portal also provides general guidance on whether planning permission is required. However, the onus is on the homeowner to satisfy themselves that the development they intend to undertake does not require planning permission. Development carried out without the benefit of planning permission may be liable to enforcement action by the Authority.

Pre-application Advice Service – advice on your proposal before you submit a planning application

The Government encourages developers to seek advice before they submit a planning application. Doing this allows planning officers to give advice on any potential problems, or add value to proposals. This ‘front-loading’ of the planning application process allows applications to be dealt with more quickly and reduces the likelihood of permission being refused. We provide two types of pre-application advice service:

Pre-application enquiries will be treated confidentially. However if a request is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 we may be obliged to reveal details of your enquiry. If your enquiry includes information that is of particular importance to you that you wish to be kept confidential (eg. personal, financial or commercially sensitive data) please draw attention to it in your enquiry. Please be aware that if your enquiry requires an officer to visit the site it is unlikely that this could be undertaken without the knowledge of neighbours or landowners.

Service A – We aim to provide written advice within 10 working days of receipt but due to high work loads this response may take longer. The desk-based assessment of the proposal will include:

  • a check on information we hold on development constraints
  • an assessment of the relevant national and local planning policy and guidance, insofar as it relates to the proposal
  • advice on the likely material considerations and how they might be addressed

Service B (NB This service is not currently available) provides written advice within 10 working days following the site meeting and includes:

  • Service A assessments
  • a visit to the site by a Planning Officer
  • consultations with relevant YDNPA experts such as archaeologists, ecologists and listed building advisers
  • a meeting with the Planning Officer if requested

The level of fee charged for these services is calculated in relation to the cost to the Authority (in staff time and associated costs) of providing the service. For this reason the fee for advice on larger development proposals is higher than that for smaller proposals. Please note that only a Service A response is available for householder proposals. Please note: There are no standard forms for submitting Service A or B enquiries. Please consider including the following information when submitting a pre-application enquiry:

  • Location plan.
  • Diagram/Sketch of the proposal, with any measurements preferably in metric units. Annotations are welcome.
  • Description of the proposal.
  • Photographs of the development site/property (where appropriate).


All fees are subject to VAT (currently 20%). The figure below includes VAT.

Listed building advice£0£80
Category A
Householder development
Category B
Major development:
Creation of 10+ dwellings
New buildings of more than 1,000sqm
Development of a site of more than 1ha
Development requiring an Environmental
Impact Assessment


Category C
Other development:
Creation of 3 – 9 dwellings
New buildings between 500sqm and 1000sqm
Change of use of buildings over 500sqm
Development of a site between 0.5ha and 1ha


Category D
Small scale development:
Creation of 1 or 2 dwellings (including
conversions, new build and reoccupation)
Change of use of buildings up to 500sqm
New buildings and non-residential extensions
up to 500sqm
Signs and advertisements
S106 modifications and LDC proposals
Non-domestic renewable energy schemes
Remodelling caravan/camping sites not
entailing an extension to the site


Follow-up advice

If you need more advice on a significantly amended scheme after receiving a Service B response, the fee charged will be the Service A rate for that category of development. If you need further meetings and site visits following a Service B response, but not a reappraisal of a significantly amended scheme, these will be charged at an hourly rate of £30.


We provide free informal verbal advice for householder proposals, small business proposals and minor agricultural development (ie not falling within categories B and C) by appointment at a planning surgery (NB Our planning advice surgeries are currently taking place over the phone or via zoom until further notice).

A Service A response will be provided on request for the following types of proposal free of charge:

  • proposals for improving accommodation for disabled persons
  • proposals for works to Listed Buildings (if planning permission is also likely to be required see relevant development category)

A Service A response will be provided for proposals submitted by Parish Councils for non-commercial development and are subject to a 50% reduction of the normal fee.

Minerals development

Minerals planning is a highly specialised field of the planning profession. Pre-application advice for minerals extraction and quarry development is available on the basis of a flat rate fee for the amount of written advice, site visits and meetings as is agreed with the applicant to be necessary. For further information on this service please contact Martyn Coy, on 01969 652339 or email The flat rate fees for minerals proposals including VAT are:

  • Minor mineral extraction proposals: £480
  • Major mineral extraction proposals: £3,000

How to pay your fee

At the present time we can only receive payments via bank transfer or bacs, our details are given below; when you have made the payment please can you email both and so we can ensure it has been received:

  • A/c Name:     Yorkshire Dales NP 97
  • Sort Code:    20-61-53
  • Account:       80895814

You can also pay by cheque made payable to ‘Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’ (YDNPA) , although this may cause a delay. A receipt will be issued.

Design guide

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Design Guide provides guidance on the quality of design that is expected from development proposals and also provides positive help to achieve it. The guide helps to explain what is considered ‘good design’ in the context of this National Park. In doing so it builds on the guidance given in the National Planning Policy Framework on design and helps designers and developers to interpret the design policies in the Local Plan.

Designing Rural Futures

The aim of the Designing Rural Futures document is to encourage architects, designers and developers working on new housing projects to produce innovative and stimulating design that responds to and enhances the National Park context, whilst also promoting design solutions that reduce build costs and minimise carbon footprint. The document provides guidance on a variety of design issues and should be a key point of reference to shape applications for housing development within the National Park.