Due to an increase in application submissions and a lack of resources, the response time for pre-application advice has been extended to 28 working days for the foreseeable future

Pre application advice will not determine whether or not planning permission would be required for domestic extensions or works within the boundary of your property. You will need to submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development – Proposed works.

Our ‘Planning Pre-Application and Policy Guidance Note’ sets out the charges, how pre-application advice will be provided, information required by the Council, and the timescales in which the Council aim to respond.

Planning Pre-Application & Policy Advice Guide

Advice on Pre-application for Major Schemes and Design is also available.

Major Schemes Pre-application advice

Online request for pre-application advice

(This will generate a payment reference (‘OWPRE’) which may be used for any subsequent fee payment which may be required for meetings etc)

Postal request for pre-application advice

Planning Advice Enquiry Form


Your enquiry will not be processed until payment has been received. Payments can either be made:

  • By using our online payment provider
  • or by cheque made payable to Rother District Council.

If you have any questions regarding the fee then please email planning@rother.gov.uk

Please note that where planning applications are submitted more than 6 months after the advice has been given, or where there has been a change in National or Local Planning Policy, this may affect the weight attached to pre-application advice previously given.

Pre-application views and opinions are given ‘without prejudice’ to the consideration by the Council of a formal planning application, which will be subject to wider consultation and publicity. Advice given does not constitute a guarantee about the decision that will be made.

Freedom of information

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we may receive a request to provide information regarding enquiries for pre-application advice.  While there is a general presumption in favour of disclosure, Regulation 12 (5)(f)  exempts information where the interests of the person who provided the information would be adversely affected, where that person had no legal obligation to supply it to the authority or any other authority, which the authority is not entitled to disclose it apart from under the Regulations and where that person has not consented to any disclosure.  You are therefore asked, if you believe the enquiry to be confidential, to supply a covering letter setting out the reasons why you would not consent to disclosure of information relating to it and for what period.  The decision as to whether to release the information however lies with the Local Planning Authority.

East Sussex Planning Protocol

Rother District Council is committed to collaborative working with those involved in delivering sustainable growth in East Sussex. In order to help achieve this we will, through pre-application discussions and decision taking, endeavour to fulfil the commitments of the East Sussex Planning Protocol which sets out the commitment from councils, developers and key statutory consultees/infrastructure providers, as to how we will work together in delivering sustainable growth across East Sussex.  It builds on and articulates good practice already taking place across the county to promote a more collaborative approach.  Together, local authorities, developers and infrastructure providers are vital to the delivery of quality, sustainable development: this Protocol is our shared commitment.

East Sussex Planning Protocol