Pre-application advice for developing on the coalfield

A service to ensure you consider any associated risks of historical coal mining for proposals within the Development High Risk Area.



The Coal Authority can provide a broad range of pre-application planning and technical advice when applications for planning permission or for the discharge of planning conditions related to coal mining features are being contemplated.

Where an application is already being processed, our advice may be able to assist in resolving problematic issues relating to coal mining features which can cause the determination process to stall.

This document contains guidance notes and the terms and conditions of the service.

Unfortunately, due to staff resourcing issues, our non-statutory pre-application advice service is currently postponed and we are not able to assist with new enquiries at this time.

Please revisit this website for updates regarding the status of the service.

Coal Authority pre-application advice service

Coal Authority
200 Lichfield Lane
NG18 4RG


Telephone 01623 637119

Published 19 September 2019
Last updated 26 May 2023 + show all updates
  1. Non-statutory pre-application advice service is temporarily not available.

  2. Section 1 "What we need to know – information requirements" has been updated to reflect Coal Authority Technical Guidance Note TGN02/2021

  3. Information added relating to the Terms of Service

  4. First published.