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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 planning@dumgal.gov.uk
  • 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.

Pre-application enquiries 

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:

You should refer to our adopted guidance for other types of development and advice on particular themes.

You're advised to investigate the planning contraints and planning history for your site before applying.

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 offers a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners. PAS helps individuals and community groups to get involved in the planning system in an impartial, open and inclusive way.

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:

Sign up for email newsletters

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.

Page last updated: 31/10/2018
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