What is the 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 a development proposal with relevant staff and external agencies. On the contrary, the pre-consultation phase provides the local government authorities with the opportunity to clarify the application process.

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

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

If the site approval application requires a pre-consultation, the applicant will be notified about it when selecting the application's project category, work type, and target. Cloudpermit will guide the applicant through the pre-consultation process.

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

If your planning permit application states that you must follow the pre-consultation process, follow the instruction for creating a pre-consultation request to arrange a pre-consultation with your local government authorities on Cloudpermit.

In the pre-consultation request, focus on essentials and describe the content of your proposal in a straightforward form. Upload, for example, draft plans, building drawings, or site plans to your request to support the planning proposal. During the pre-consultation process, you can provide more information to your request or ask questions from the authority through Cloudpermit’s messaging tool. If needed, you can also invite other parties, like architects, consultants, or customers, to collaborate through the same tool on Cloudpermit. 

What is the purpose of the pre-consultation meetings?

Very often, the pre-consultation includes meetings between the proponents and the authorities. The pre-consultation meeting allows authorities and other stakeholders to provide preliminary comments on the development proposal and identify critical issues. Parties can comment on the approvals required and confirm the supporting information, materials, and studies submitted with the planning application to be considered complete under the Planning Act. The process will hopefully lead to faster application approvals with reduced modifications being required.

When having pre-consultation meetings, you can monitor the topics and times for sessions agreed upon between you and the authority on Cloudpermit. After the meeting is held, you will, in handy, find the meeting minutes in your application´s workspace.

When the authority starts to review your request, you will get an email notification about it. Finally, after completing the pre-consultation, the result is emailed to you with instructions on applying for a planning permit on Cloudpermit.


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