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Written pre-application advice service

We can provide written pre-application advice for most types of development (other than household development). This page provides the details.

Our pre-app advice services

For all non-householder development we provide written pre-application planning advice. This is detailed professional advice and we charge a fee that is calculated in relation to the cost to the Authority (in staff time and associated costs) of providing the service.

For larger scale proposals (Major development and Intermediate scale development see categories below) we provide two types of service:

Service A – This is a thorough desk-based assessment of the proposal and will include:

  • a check on information we hold on constraints affecting your proposal
  • 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

We aim to provide you with a complete report within 21 days.

Service B – A complete assessment including the service A elements above and also:

  • a visit to the site by a Planning Officer
  • advice from relevant YDNPA experts such as archaeologists, ecologists and listed building advisers

As this service includes a site visit, we aim to provide a completed report within 28 days.

Please note that for Small Scale development we only provide Service A.

In addition to these services we provide advice on proposals affecting Listed Buildings. We will provide a desk based assessment of Listed Building proposals that will include advice from our heritage experts. A site visit will be undertaken but only where necessary to consider internal works.

Please note that 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 some 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.

Fees and categories of development

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

Major development
Major development is:
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
Intermediate Scale development
Intermediate development is:
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
Small Scale development:
Small scale development is :
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
Listed building advice£120

What to submit

There are no standard forms for submitting Service A or B enquiries. Please submit to and consider including the following information (NB 20MB limit per email):

  • 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).

How to pay

Payments are acceptable via bank transfer or bacs, our details are given below, please can you use the site address as a reference; when you have made the payment please can you email so we can ensure it has been received. Cheques are also acceptable made payable to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, although this may delay the process:

A/c Name:     Yorkshire Dales NP 97

Sort Code:    20-61-53

Account:       80895814

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.


We provide free informal verbal advice to residents for householder proposals, small business proposals and minor agricultural development by appointment at a planning advice surgery

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