Pre-application planning advice

Householder surgery

If you need advice before you submit your planning application you can attend a planning surgery. An architect or planning agent can also help.

This could help reduce the time it takes to process the application and save on re-submission costs.

Information given to you might include:

  • whether you need to submit specialist reports
  • advice on changes you should make to your planning application
  • which policies and other material considerations will be applied to your proposed development.

When are the planning surgeries?

Drop-in service on Monday mornings

Mondays 9.30am - 12.30pm.  Just come along to the planning reception at the Council offices in Godalming and take an available appointment.

Book an appointment on a Thursday

Thursdays 9.30am - 4.30pm.  Please book an appointment in advance, call the Planning Customer Team on 01483 523583.


Surgery meetings cost £60.  Please pay at the planning reception.

Who can be seen at a householder surgery?

Members of the public (including potential purchasers) and planning agents who are considering submitting a planning application for works to a domestic dwelling, for example extensions, new access, garages and other outbuildings.

Do you need planning permission?

If you're not sure whether you need to apply for planning permission or not, please check the Do I need planning permission? page to see if your project can be completed under permitted development. 

What should I bring with me?

The more information you bring with you, the more detailed the response can be. Please bring sketch details along with any other supporting information (such as photographs showing the proposal site and any adjoining properties) that may be relevant.

What help will I get?

You will receive a print out of the planning history and constraints for the site you are interested in and a printed copy of the checklist completed by the officer attending.

The checklist will cover general principles, policy criteria and identify the likely key issues and concerns relating to your proposal.

You will also be able to speak with a validation officer regarding the requirements for formal submission of the application and completion of the forms. (There is no cost attributable to the validation officer's service). You may choose to collect the relevant hard copy planning application forms or purchase Ordnance Survey maps for your application whilst at Planning Reception or seek advice regarding electronic submission.


PLEASE NOTE Any advice given by Waverley Officers for pre-application enquiries does not indicate any formal decision by Waverley as the Local Planning Authority. Any views or opinions are given in good faith, and are based on relevant issues in place at the time of consideration, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application. The final decision on any forthcoming planning application can only be taken after Waverley has consulted local people, statutory consultees and any other interested parties. The final decision on an application will then be made either by the relevant Planning Committee or the Head of Planning Services under delegated powers and will be based on all the information available at the time.

Page owner: Ben Hammond. Last updated: 23/03/2017 13:46

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