What needs planning permission
Planning permission is generally required for new buildings, major alterations to existing buildings and to change the use of buildings or land. Always check if you need to apply for planning permission before starting any work.
There are currently no duty officers available and we will only be able to respond to electronic queries submitted to email@example.com.
If you want informal written advice, you should submit a Permitted Development Enquiry. Please note that there is a charge for this service.
You can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development if you want formal confirmation that your proposals don't require planning permission. The fee for this will be higher and the decision will take longer than the above service, but may be required if, for example, you are selling a property.
Work that may not need planning permission
Some work is not classed as development and does not require planning permission, this includes:
- Works that only affect the inside of a building
- Minor alterations that don't materially affect the external alteration of a building
- Works for the maintenance or improvement of a road
- Works for inspecting, repairing or renewing utilities infrastructure
- Use of any buildings or the land immediately surrounding it that is directly associated with or related to that use (such as gardening or for non-commercial purposes)
- Use of land for agriculture or forestry
- Demolition of a building under instruction from the Scottish Government
Some types of work are classed as permitted development and don't need permission as long as they are within defined thresholds:
Other types of consent
Some properties or sites may be situated in areas where planning constraints apply and additional consent might be required.
Planning advice and enquiries
Once you know that planning permission is required, we can provide advice on whether a development is likely to be approved or not before submitting an application.