Pre-consultation in the planning approval process

A pre-consultation process in planning permitting allows potential applicants and their authorized representatives to present and discuss their land development proposals with relevant municipality staff and external agencies. The pre-consultation is an efficient way for local government authorities to receive details about applicants' plans and also clarify the applicant's application process. 

The pre-consultation process generally lasts 60 - 70 days. 

What is the purpose of the pre-consultation meeting with your local government authority?

The pre-consultation often includes meetings between applicants and authorities. The pre-consultation meeting allows authorities and other stakeholders to provide preliminary comments on the development proposal and identify critical issues. Parties can confirm the supporting information, documentation, and studies submitted with the pre-consultation request. In that way, the process will lead to faster application approvals, requiring reduced modifications. 

When the authority starts to review your pre-consultation request and invites you to the meeting, you will get an email notification about them. 

During the pre-consultation meetings, you can monitor the agenda topics and times for sessions agreed upon between you and the authority in Cloudpermit. After the meeting is held, you will have the meeting minutes in your application's workspace.

After completing the pre-consultation process, the local government authority saves the results and prepares a draft approval application in Cloudpermit. You will receive an email notification with the result and instructions on applying for planning approval in Cloudpermit.

How do I know in Cloudpermit if I need a pre-consultation?

When applying for planning approval in Cloudpermit, the service is integrated into your local government's data. Depending on your application category type, local government authorities may have determined that some specific site approval applications must undergo the pre-consultation phase before applying for the approval process.

If the site approval application requires a pre-consultation, applicants will be notified when selecting the application's project category in the application.

How do I create a pre-consultation request in Cloudpermit?

If your planning approval application states that you must undergo the pre-consultation process, Cloudpermit automatically redirects you to the Pre-Consultation request. It is a step-by-step request in Cloudpermit, allowing you to add project data, attachments, and parties to the application and submit your request to your municipality.

Focus on essentials in your pre-consultation request. Describe the content of your proposal in a straightforward form in the Project Data section. Upload, for example, draft plans, building drawings, and site plan to your request to support the planning proposal in the Attachments section.

During the pre-consultation process, you can provide more information about your plans and ask questions from your municipal authorities through Cloudpermit's in-built Messaging tool accessible from your request.

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