If you have read the guidance on the Planning Portal, but remain unsure whether planning permission is needed for your proposal, we can give you informal advice. Please follow the START button at the foot of this page.
We are unable to answer enquiries as to whether planning permission is required or not by exchange of emails.
This will cost you £40 (including VAT) which can be paid online.
Please note: The enquiry will not be actioned without the fee and it will take up to 15 working days from receipt of all details to answer your query.
If you would like formal advice about whether planning permission is needed for your proposal, you'll need to apply for a lawful development certificate through the government's Planning Portal. You will have to pay a fee for this - which will vary depending upon the type of development proposed.
If you feel your proposal doesn't need planning permission, you may start works. However, if you carry out works which are not permitted development without necessary consent, you may need to apply for planning permission retrospectively or to remove or alter the works.
Planning Aid England
Planning Aid England (PAE) provides free, independent, professional planning advice and support to help individuals and communities engage with the planning system. This includes online guidance and a limited amount of free email advice which can be accessed via an online enquiry form. In some circumstances PAE may be able to offer additional bespoke support. To find out more visit https://www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid
Responsibility for the maintenance of most public highways, including any pavement or verge, in East Devon is the responsibility of the Highways Department at Devon County Council. Major highways (trunk roads and Motorways), including any pavement or verges are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.
To assist our planners in making decisions on planning applications, as well as to assist people submitting applications, the Devon County Council's Highways department has produced some advice. Statutory Highways advice.
If you are considering undertaking any works which may impact upon a public highway it is recommended that you contact the relevant organisation for advice. In most instances this will be the Highways Department at Devon County Council or the Highways Agency.
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- Your contact details
- The address of the property/site to which the enquiry relates
- Details of the proposal, including dimensions in a metric measurement
- Any plans/sketches you have of your proposal in an electronic format
- Any photographs you have of the proposal site in an electronic format
- A credit or debit card
We aim to answer your enquiry within five to ten days. However, more complex enquiries may take longer to answer.
If you apply for a lawful development certificate, we'll aim to make a decision on your application within eight weeks of its validation.
To make a payment online, Please note, we do not accept cheques anymore.
Alternatively, you can print the enquiry form and post it to the council using the address given on this page under 'Contact this service', attaching all the information listed under the 'What you need' tab along with a cheque for £40 payable to 'East Devon District Council'. Download a householder enquiry form.
Finally, you can write to us using the address the address given on this page under 'Contact this service', attaching all the information listed under the 'What you need' tab and phone to make a card payment.
If you require planning permission and do not wish to use the Planning Portal to apply, you can download and print off the relevant application form.