Permitted Development

Do you need planning permission?

Not all extensions, new buildings or changes of use require planning permission. Planning legislation specifies types of development which can be carried out as permitted development without our planning approval.

The most common of these permitted development rights relate to extensions and alterations to dwelling houses, although they also apply to retail, industrial and other types of development. They also allow certain changes of use.

The legislation around this can be very complicated so for advice, take a look at the Scottish Government planning page for the most up to date information. We also have Guidance Notes on the need for Planning Permission for the development of existing houses and flats that outlines what may be permitted.

Permitted development rights are restricted for buildings in conservation areas. Many of those restrictions are applied across the country. Most extensions and external alterations to listed buildings together with many internal alterations require planning permission. You should always contact us before undertaking any works to a listed building.

Should you require planning permission please read our Planning applications page.