Planning advice and enquiries
You can ask us for general planning advice, find out if planning permission is likely to be approved or make a more formal enquiry about a major development before submitting an application.
General planning advice
A duty officer is available Tuesday to Thursday between 10am and 1pm to provide general advice on the planning system and processes.
- Email email@example.com
- Call 01387 260199
- Visit Ashwood House in Stranraer (every second Thursday)
- Visit Kirkbank House in Dumfries (Tuesday, Wednesday and every second Thursday)
Do I need planning permission?
Find out if you need planning permission before submitting a pre-application enquiry or a planning application.
If you know that planning permission will be required, we can provide detailed advice on the suitability of a proposal before an application is submitted. The pre-application advice service offers significant benefits by providing you with greater certainty on the outcome and speeding up the formal application process. It is recommended that you seek formal pre-application advice from us before you submit a planning application.
Enquiry forms and guidance notes are available below which explain the information that we'll need to be able to provide an accurate response and give you more information about the service and the response we will provide.
Please note that there is charge for this service.
Send your completed form to planning @dumgal.gov.uk or Kirkbank House, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD.
Submitting a planning application without seeking pre-application advice
The pre-application advice service offers significant benefits by providing you with greater certainty on the outcome and speeding up the formal application process. It is recommended that you seek formal pre-application advice from us before you submit a planning application, but if you choose not you are strongly advised to read the relevant guidance below:
- - detailed advice to guide the design of your house extension or alteration
- - will assist those planning to build either a single dwellinghouse or a small residential development of up to four houses
- - information requirements for planning applications submitted for new dwellings on the basis of agricultural or rural business need
- - guidance on planning for a range of small business types as well as general business and industry proposals in urban areas.
- - guidance on works to carried out on shop fronts and suitable security measures for businesses.
You should refer to our adopted guidance for other types of development and advice on particular themes.
Other sources of support
Planning applications we receive are assessed against land allocations and policies within the Local Development Plan which sets out a vision for how Dumfries and Galloway will look in 20 years time and describes where development will take place and where it will not.
PAS is a national charity providing free impartial, confidential and independent advice on all planning matters. Their free advice can help members of the public and community groups understand the processes involved.
The Architects Registration Board is an independent body which regulates architects in the UK. You can search their register to find genuine and qualified architects in your area:
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You can subscribe to email updates to get the latest news from our planning service straight to your inbox.
These updates will not provide information on specific applications, you should register on our planning system if you want to track applications and receive alerts about new applications.