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Suspension of pre-application advice service from 01 October 2021

Due to significant planning officer shortages and a large increase in planning application submissions, we are unfortunately unable to continue to offer our normal full planning advice service. From 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021 the Authority will be suspending its planning pre-application advice service (except in relation to enquiries relating to the Farming in Protected Landscapes project). The revised planning and administration fee charging schedule has further information and sets out the services we will continue to offer.

During this period you may wish to refer to the policies in the Authority’s adopted local plan, supplementary planning documents and planning advice notes.

We hope to be in a position to offer this service again in January 2022. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

Our service

From the 1 April 2015 the Authority's Planning Team introduced an improved and more structured pre-application enquiry service which it is hoped will enable customers to engage effectively with the planning service and access professional planning advice. We are committed to providing all our customers with a good quality, efficient and accessible service and welcome early pre-application discussions prior to considering formal development proposals. Before you seek advice you may wish to view the following guidance note:

Permitted Development and Pre-application Advice Guidance Note

Benefits of seeking formal permitted development/pre-application advice

The Government encourages applicants to seek advice before they submit a planning application. The benefits of this early engagement are as follows:

  • Early identification of potential problems and suggested solutions
  • Officers will offer advice on how best to achieve your project
  • Allows applications to be dealt with more quickly and reduces the likelihood of permission being refused
  • Peace of mind having written confirmation that planning permission is not required for your development

Good advice always saves money in the long term

Submitting your enquiry

If you would like to know whether a proposed development needs planning permission or wish to obtain pre-application advice on the acceptability of your proposal, the Planning Team are more than happy to receive your enquiry in writing marked for the attention of The Planning Department, North York Moors National Park Authority, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, YO62 5BP or email ( To enable an Officer to give you accurate and reliable advice it would be helpful if the following information is provided:

1.  A clear description of what your proposal entails
2.  Confirmation of the development site address together with a plan identifying the site
3.  Drawings/plans to a metric scale or annotated with metric measurements
4.  Any other background information you think may be relevant
5.  Relevant fee

Alternatively you may wish to complete the form below:

Permitted Development and Pre-application Enquiry Form

Paying for your enquiry

Providing formal advice is time consuming and as part of important cost recovery measures, charges have had to be applied to help recoup the costs in part. The current charging schedule which includes payment methods, is set out below:

Planning and Administration Fee Charging Schedule

Please note that we aim to provide accurate and reliable advice but can only do so on the basis of the information you provide. Advice is given in good faith and represents an informal Officer view; a formal determination can only be made on submission of a planning application.