Pre-Application Advice supports applicants who require guidance for smaller and less complex proposals. These often include alterations to a property or the development of a small number of dwellings.

The advice service is designed to:

  • simplify the submission of a planning application;
  • outline the policies of the local development plan and other material considerations that would affect the proposal;
  • identify constraints;
  • identify consultation/ consultees;
  • provide a view on whether the development proposals are likely to be acceptable;.
  • identify key mitigation required to make a proposal acceptable.

Please Note:

  • We can’t provide pre-application advice for specific proposals over the telephone.
  • We reserve the right not to provide pre-application advice if the process is not entered into cordially or objectively.
  • Any evaluation of the proposal does not prejudice any decision made by West Dunbartonshire 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.

Fees for pre-application advice vary depending on the nature of the proposal.

Please complete the pre-application advice form to progress.

Once registered, your enquiry will be allocated to one of our planning officers. We aim to contact you within:

  • Householder pre-app enquiries – 20 working days either to request further information or provide a response
  • Non-householder pre-app enquiries – 40 working days either to request further information or provide a response