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Pre-Application Enquiries

Pre-application advice is a non-statutory procedure provided by Aberdeen City Council Planning and Sustainable Development Service and is available to anyone wishing to carry out development in Aberdeen.

Pre-application advice ensures an initial assessment can be made by officers in order to share known perspectives and objectives before costly commitments in terms of time, resources and assets are made. To be productive pre-application advice needs commitment from all parties with the understanding that all our resources are finite.

The need for pre-application advice will not be necessary in every instance and we will take a proportionate approach based upon the nature and scope of the proposal.


The Pre-Application Advice Procedure

Before submitting a pre-application enquiry, please familiarise yourself with the Pre-Application Advice Procedure.

Acknowledgement from a nominated Lead Planning Officer will be given within 5 working days, upon receipt of the completed Pre-Application Advice Request Form(available below) and will confirm the route (written statement and/or pre-application meetings) the pre-application advice will take.

The written statement will be provided within 15 working days, however, where a longer period for response is required we will inform you why there is to be a delay and when you can expect the written statement.

Submit a Pre-Application Enquiry

Please forward a completed Pre-Application Advice Request Form to or post to:

Planning and Sustainable Development
Business Hub 4 GFN
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB

Please note:

  • No pre-application advice for specific proposals will be given over the telephone.
  • Aberdeen City Council acknowledges that there may be limitations on the pre-application advice we can offer in respect of specialised development proposals.
  • Aberdeen City Council maintains a right not to continue pre-application advice which is not entered into cordially or objectively.
  • Any evaluation of the proposal does not compromise any decision made by Aberdeen City Council and its Committees and the advice is not legally binding on the determination of a forthcoming planning application.
  • Pre-application advice may be subject to third party requests made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.


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