Applying for planning permission
Find out if you need planning permission for your building work, how to apply for it, and where to go for advice.
Do I need planning permission?
Some work doesn't need planning permission. This is called permitted development.
You might not need planning permission for work such as extensions and alterations to your home. You can find guidance on permitted development on the Scottish Government website.
If your work does not need planning permission, but you would like a written confirmation your development is lawful, you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.
You can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness on the ePlanning portal.
Permitted development can also apply to retail, industrial and other types of property development. This is known as non-householder permitted development rights.
The Scottish Government has guidance on what type of work doesn't need planning permission.
Change of use
If you want to change what a property is used for, such as turning a shop into a takeaway, then you may need planning permission.
Changes of use can be found in the use classes order.
You might need a building warrant for any work you carry out.
Permitted development is limited on properties in a conservation area. Ask us for advice on your plans.
Permitted development rights don't to apply listed buildings. You'll need planning permission for any work.
Get help with your planning application
Once you've decided that you need planning permission for your work, you can ask us for advice before you make a formal application.
Why ask for advice?
Getting advice before making an application can identify if your proposal is likely to be accepted, saving time and money on making a formal application. It can also identify the need for specialist work you might need, such as de-contamination work.
We'll assess your proposal against our local development plan, other relevant policies and material planning considerations.
We can't tell you if your application will be granted or not. But we can tell you if it's likely to contravene any of our criteria.
How to apply for advice
You can apply for advice by viewing our pre application advice page.
Send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We normally respond within 25 working days.
If you need independent advice, you can ask Planning Aid for Scotland. Their free, impartial and confidential planning advice service is provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.
Planning application costs
Planning application costs are set by the Scottish Government. Use their fee calculator to work out how much your application will cost.
Data protection and copyright
Your planning application is published in our planning portal.
If you notice a mistake in an application, let us know at email@example.com and we will resolve it within 24 hours (during business hours).
Plans, drawings and materials submitted to the council are protected by the Copyright Acts (section 47, 1998 Act).
If you wish to speak to someone in connection with an application, contact the case officer directly. Their contact details are on all correspondence from us.
Apply for planning permission
Planning applications are made through the Scottish Government's e-planning portal.
Before you submit your application, you can check it meets our validation standards.
Pay for your application
After you submit your application, you'll have to pay for it. If your application needs to be advertised in a newspaper you can pay for your advertisement online too. You can pay online with your card.
Pay for Retrospective Surcharge
Making a decision
Our planning toolbox has information on the planning decision making process.
If you want to speak to someone about your application, contact the case officer directly. Their contact details are on all correspondence from us.