Pre-Application Advice

Mole Valley District Council's (MVDC) pre-application advice service has many benefits, and can often lead to the easier progression of applications through the subsequent planning process.



A pre-application planning advice service in person is offered at the Council Offices in Pippbrook, Dorking, available between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that as this is a drop-in service,  you may need to wait at busy times. Thank you for your patience.


The reception drop-in service and telephone conversations will only provide advice on whether planning permission needs to be sought. Advice will not be given on the likely success of any application. Customers wishing to receive a response on the particulars of their proposal should make a formal pre-application enquiry for which a fee will be payable. The reception service will also provide confirmation that application documents for submission have been completed correctly.

If you are unsure about whether you need to apply for Planning Permission, please call 01306 885001 or email planning@molevalley.gov.uk before carrying out any work.

New Development in the Green Belt

MVDC often gets calls from customers who are being offered the 'chance' to buy a piece of land within the Green Belt, with a view to building a new dwelling.  Please be aware that the development of new dwellings within the Green Belt is contrary to national and local planning policies, and will not be granted planning permission.

MVDC Charges

Free simple, general and informal planning advice is available by email, over the phone or in the Council Office Reception at Pippbrook, Dorking.

MVDC charges for formal advice in relation to developments such as new houses, commercial development, change of use, shop fronts and advertisements.

Full details of the process, relevant pre-application advice fees, and fee exemptions, can be found in the 'Pre-application advice and charges' documents (see 'Downloads').

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council provide pre-application advice on Transport Development Planning Matters and relevant charges (see 'Internet Links').

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency can provide relevant advice relating to a proposed development or change of use. More information, and an enquiry form, can be found by following the Environment Agency Pre-Application Enquiry Form link (see 'Internet links').

For more information

Please call 01306 885001 or email planning@molevalley.gov.uk. Please include the complete postal address of the property and as much relevant information regarding your proposals as possible. MVDC's pre-application advice service in person at the Dorking offices is available set out above.

Last Updated: 17/10/2017




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