Pre- Planning Advice Application

Can You Convert Your Property Into An HMO?

Get Specific Advice From The Council Before A Full Planning Application

Are you looking to convert a property into an HMO and unsure if it needs planning permission or comes under Permitted Development?

Well, you can now seek specific advice regarding your development plans directly from the Local Council via a Pre-Planning Advice Application.

Albeit sounds simple, there’s a certain level of detail you need to provide to get effective answers to your questions and help decide if this is a project you should pursue or not.

Improve your chances of a successful Full Planning Application by working with the experts who have a 95%+ Planning Success Rate.

Our expert team can take care of the full HMO development journey for you, from conceptplanning & building control, through to construction.

HMO Architect offers design consultation calls, existing drawings, full-planning applications, and other services to help you every step of the way. We complete all projects to the highest quality to suit your needs and ideas.

The Solution?- Pre Planning Application

Pre Planning Application - How It Works


Step 1:

Please share details about the property you’re looking to buy or already bought with a list of potential questions you have.

Step 2:

HMO Architect will collect all relevant documentation and submit your Pre-Planning Application to the Council to seek specific advice on your scheme.

We will attend any required meetings with the Council on your behalf. 

Step 3:

The Council comes back with an informal response to your questions, helping you make a decision if this is a property you should pursue (or not).

"Very glad I went with the Pre Planning Advice from the Council on my HMO project. Without that, I would have gone for a full planning application and lost time and money. Thanks, Giovanni for guiding me"
HMO Investor, Edinburgh

Pre Planning Application - Top Questions

What Is Pre Planning Advice?

 Pre Planning advice is a way to seek informal advice from the Local Authority before submitting a Full Planning Application.
Please note that all Pre Planning advice is informal and does not bind the Council when making A Full Planning Decision. 

Why Do I Need A Pre Planning Advice?

Doing a Full Planning Application on a project that you’re not entirely sure about can be costly – both time and money-wise. That’s where Pre-Planning advice can help. 
You can do a Pre Planning Application to seek advice and gauge the feasibility of your proposed project without going through a Full Planning Application.

What’s Covered In A Pre Planning Advice?

Pre Planning Advice includes the evaluation and informal response from the Local Council to preliminary questions about your proposal.
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Is This A Paid Service?

 Yes, this is a paid service. Any Council fees need to be paid separately by the client.

How Much Does The Pre Planning Application Cost?

 Our fees for a Pre Planning Advice Application starts from around £800 (excl. VAT).

Who Pays The Application Fees For The Pre Planning Advice Application?

The Client covers the Pre Planning Application fees.

How Long Does The Pre Planning Application Take?

After a Pre Planning application,  it can take the Council anywhere from 10 to 40 days to provide a response.

When Should I Get A Pre Planning Application Done? 


If you’re looking for specific advice to gauge the likelihood of your proposal before a Full Planning Application, HMO Architect recommends getting a Pre-Planning Application done at the earliest.

The best way to increase your chances of getting an HMO planning permission is to have an HMO Design Appraisal. This is where we help you assess the best design scheme based on its likelihood of being approved by planners.

Do You Go On-Site To Do The Pre Planning Application?

HMO Architect does NOT go on-site to prepare and submit your Pre Planning Application.
 We compile your questions and submit them to the Council via electronic mail.


What Do I Need To Start The Pre Planning Application?

HMO Architect can use the Existing Drawings or an HMO Design Appraisal Report to make a Pre-Planning Advice application. 

I’m Ready To Start, What Do I Do Next?

  • Please click on the Blue Button below to submit your project details via our online form. 
  • We’ll get in touch to arrange a time to speak that works best for you.

The HMO Lifecycle - Pre Planning

Would You Like To Maximise Your Chance Of Planning Success? Don’t rely on a Submit, Hope & Pray Strategy. Make the Council your design partner.

Book A FREE Discovery Call Today Today or Give Us A Call at (+44) 01223 776 997.

Why Clients Trust HMO Architect


We are your Architect & Advisor. With over 15 years of experience investing in HMO’s and Buy-to-Let’s ourselves, we’ve made mistakes and learnt from them. Now we want to advise you so you can avoid costly mistakes.


With over 750+ consultations and 150+ HMO projects completed,  we have a lot of experience with different HMO projects across the country. We help you creatively optimise space to meet your investment goals.


We are your eyes and ears in interactions with the Council, Builders and External Consultants. We report to to you all the time, every time so you can have complete peace of mind knowing your project is in good hands.


We understand how important time is to you. Whether securing a deal, getting planning permission, or designing the layout, time is money and we try our best to complete your project on time and budget to the highest quality. 

Hear From our clients

Eric S De Andrade
Eric S De Andrade
HMO Investor, Sheffield
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Very professional team and great architectural designs for my HMO. They also helped me get planning permission in a very difficult council keeping me updated throughout the process. Loved working with Ryan, Giovanni and the team. Highly recommend them for any architecture work across the country especially HMO and flat conversions.
Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald
Credo Living & Investor, London
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Excellent joined up advice from the Directors giving you comfort as a landlord that you’re in very capable hands .
Pallav Sethiya
Pallav Sethiya
HMO Investor, Cambridge
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I was very impressed with Giovanni at WindsorPatania he was friendly and help explain the project to me in a way I could understand. Being a first time investor I really felt he was more like a partner in my team then an architect.
Neil Dillon
Neil Dillon
HMO Investor, Cambridge
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Exceptional service at all stages of the process from Windsor&Patania. They created a vision of a beautiful home from an under-developed heritage property. They led us through a tricky planning and renovation process with care and attention to detail. And then they followed up with quality assurance and spotting as the project was implemented. And they did all of that with a smile and approachability that you can’t find elsewhere. Strongly recommend for anyone looking to build real quality into their project!
Alex Reeve
Alex Reeve
HMO Investor, Norwich
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Fantastic company, since using these guys I won’t go anywhere else. They have really helped me maximise my returns from my property investments without compromising the layout or aesthetics of the buildings. Highly recommend.
James Battershill
James Battershill
Property Investor, London
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Fantastic team, really helpful and great communication! I had a challenging project that another architects could not solve but the team at HMO were able to redesign and get planning approved in 6 months from start. I also appreciated that the directors have been investing themselves. Thanks again, highly recommend the team! James
Amber Johnson
Amber Johnson
Crown Quotes, London
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Excellent architectural practice; honest, informative and creative advice by a team of hardworking, qualified professionals!

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