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Comment on a planning application

Anyone can support or object to planning application. All applications are published online, immediate neighbours will receive a formal notification and some planning applications will be advertised in local newspapers.

Grounds for commenting

We can only consider comments which relate to planning issues such as:

  • local and national planning policy and guidance
  • traffic, access or parking
  • impact of the proposal on the built or natural environment,
  • design / materials / scale of the proposal and its relationship to its surroundings
  • residential amenity such as noise, overshadowing, overlooking
  • effect on the setting of a Listed Building or the character and appearance of a Conservation Area

Comments on non-planning matters, such as the effect on property values, loss of a view or commercial/business competition can't be considered.

Make comments

Comments of objection or support must be made in writing within 21 days of the date of the neighbour notification letter or before the end of the newspaper advert period (whichever is the latest). If comments are late or are only made on non-planning grounds, they will not be accepted. You can:

You'll need to provide:

  • Your full name and address
  • The date
  • Your email address (if you have one)
  • An application reference number and property address
  • The grounds on which you're commenting

Comments can't be treated as confidential because they are published on our website. However, personal details such as telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures will be removed.


Petitions of objection or support can also be submitted. A petition is regarded as a single representation regardless of how many names it contains. Only the lead petitioner will receive any correspondence in relation to the application.

Next steps

We do not send out acknowledgement letters or letters confirming the decision. All of the valid comments we receive within time are published online alongside the other documents related to an application. Please allow 5 working days for your comments to appear online. We will consider these representations when we make a decision on a planning application.

A planning officer usually makes decisions but in some cases it may be up to a council committee. If we receive six or more letters of objection then the application will have to be considered by the Planning Applications Committee.

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Development Management - Dumfries

English Street

Tel: 01387 260199
Fax: 01387 260188
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Development Management - Stranraer

Ashwood House
Sun Street

Tel: 01776 888468
Fax: 01776 705697
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Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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