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'On Duty' Planning Officer service

Advice on certain planning matters can be obtained from the on-duty Planning Officer service at the Council Offices.

This is a 'drop in' service, available at the times below.

Due to an unprecedented workload, the duty officer will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings only, from May 30th, 2017. This is a temporary measure and will be reviewed in the future.




Call into the main reception at 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ and ask to see the On Duty Planning Officer.

Meetings are limited to 30 minutes (12.30pm and 4.30pm are the last  available appointment times for the day).  Please note that meetings with officers outside of the periods stated above are normally not available.

The advice available

The On Duty Planning Officer will provide advice on a variety of planning matters.  They will seek to guide you on how to submit an application, and will also seek to help with any queries that you may have on current planning applications. Should they not be able to help with a current application related query, they will take your details and ask the application case officer to contact you.

The on duty planning officer will provide free pre-application advice on the merits of certain types of development (such as applications to extend or alter houses). Please note that for larger development proposals the on duty planning officer will not be able to help and a fee is payable to obtain pre-application advice. The guidance document 'Obtaining Pre-Application Planning Advice - Guidance Note April 2014' is available to download and explains how to obtain pre-application advice.

Verbal advice on the need for planning permission is not provided by the Duty Officer. To Find Out if Planning Permission, or Another Similar Consent, is required visit the Obtain Advice on Planning Matters webpage.

Advice from the on-duty Planning Officer is an informal officer view only, based on the information available at the time, and is not a formal binding decision of the Council.

Other information

Please bring with you the address of the property including its postcode and as much information about the proposed development as you can, e.g. dimensions, drawings, photographs, brochures or sketches.

If you are unable to visit the offices you can submit your query to  - we aim to provide a response to you within 5 working days, but the resource for the on duty planning officer is limited to 20 hours a week and at busy periods we may not be able to meet this commitment.

Useful advice on a whole range of planning matters can also be obtained on the Planning Portal  website. The Planning Portal is the UK Government's online planning resource for England and Wales.