If you would like professional guidance for your development proposals, we offer a high quality pre-application advice service. This will help with any subsequent planning application you may then make.

There are two levels of service:

  • written advice which provides the planning view on your project
  • advice and meeting with an experienced planning officer, where issues can be raised personally

Fees and charges

Depending on which level you choose, a charge will be made for this service.

Apply for pre-application advice

Before you apply:

We value the privacy of your data and advise you to read the Council's Privacy Notice relating to the pre-application planning service. We also refer you to the Council's protocol for pre-application enquiries to ensure you provide enough information for your enquiry to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Pre-application privacy notice

Make an application online

You can download and print an application form:

Advice for householders

General guidance on permitted development is available on the Planning Portal. The interactive house guide may be useful.

If you want to know that your proposal does not need planning permission and you would like formal confirmation, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC).  In this case, you will receive a decision notice, which is a legal document. Your application will be recorded in the public register of planning applications.

Further general guidance on Lawful Development Certificates is available on the planning portal website.

Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS)

Wirral Council strongly encourages consultation with Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS) as part of the pre-application process to help facilitate the development management process where appropriate.

Your request for pre-application advice and any fee paid to the Council does not include the fee for Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service, who are the Council’s specialist environmental advisor on ecology and archeologically matters. When we receive a request for pre-application advice, depending on the nature of the development proposed and/or if we identify a need, we may pass details of your pre-application request to MEAS within 24 hours to advise on your proposals unless you advise otherwise.

The scope of pre-application advice from MEAS includes matters relating to aggregates, archaeology, contaminated land, ecology, historic environment, low carbon energy, minerals, nature conservation, sustainable waste management and waste. More detail on the scope of MEAS technical services can be found on the MEAS website.

For the avoidance of doubt the Council cannot require an applicant to request pre-application advice from MEAS but it is an important risk-reduction tool and early consultation with MEAS will assist in planning for required information and assessments, including environmental surveys that are likely to be needed before you submit a planning application or other application for consent  and may lead to a faster decision. You may wish to contact MEAS directly by emailing measdcconsultations@sefton.gov.uk or calling 0151 934 4951.  Unfortunately, without the relevant fee paid to MEAS, any pre-application advice given by the Council may not include advice on those matters covered by MEAS as outlined above.