HOW DO I make a PLANNING APPLICATION?
Please read through this information to ensure you get your application right first time.
In some circumstances planning permission is not needed for certain developments. This is known as permitted development.
Plans, Documents and Fees
There are many small details which can make your application invalid. Watch out for these common mistakes in order to help your application be valid first time round.
HOW TO APPLY
Whatever type of development you are considering there are two ways of submitting your application:
Electronic: An easy-to-use way for you to complete and send in planning applications, fill in on your computer and submit online, click the ePlanning.Scot link below:
Paper: Alternatively paper forms are available.
If you are unsure how to proceed help is available either by reading the advice notes page or by contacting the Development Management team direct. Doing so could save time, money and avoid enforcement action.
Duty Planning Officers
If you would like to discuss the detail and information needed to accompany your application, there is a Duty Planning Officer available between 9am and 10.30am Monday to Friday, please call 01595 744293 and ask for the Duty Planning Officer or come to reception at Planning, currently at Train Shetland, Gremista, Lerwick.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
READY TO APPLY?
All applications must be accompanied by location and site plans that clearly illustrate where the application site is. Depending on the type of application, other plans will be required to accurately describe the proposals, for example, to show elevations/materials and floor plans for all applications for full planning permission. Without the relevant plans the application cannot be validated. As the application and plans are made available to the public to view and comment on, what is proposed must be clear to these third parties as well as those bodies the Council must legally consult.
For paper submissions, one copy of the application form and two copies of each plan/document are required along with a cheque, cash or card payment to cover the fee. Paper submissions can be either posted or delivered by hand.
Most applications and notifications require a fee. Please look at the latest planning fees to see the appropriate fee required for validation. If you have any queries or require assistance calculating your planning application fee, please feel free to contact us.
North points and Scale
Please always remember that north points and an indication of the scale are required on all plans. Without these details your application will be invalid.
The red line boundary goes around the site which you are applying for planning permission for and proposed to carry out development on. If you are creating an access onto the public road this red line must go up to the public road. The red line boundary must also show the same site on both the site and the location plan. If these lines vary we are unable to determine what site it is you are applying for.
All measurements on planning applications must be in metric. Applications with imperial measurements are invalid.
Site Plans in Rural Locations
For site plans in rural locations we recommend a scale of 1:5000. This is to ensure that we can recognise where you are proposing development.
Development on site plans
As development is continually taking place not all development is plotted on existing maps. If there are houses/wind turbines/etc that are not on the map you are submitting but have been constructed you will need to add them onto the map yourself.
Always ensure that you have the right copyright and permissions before submitting any plans or drawings to the Planning Service. As we publish all plans on our website this is particularly important. If you are using drawings by an agent or architect ensure they have given their permission for their drawings to be used.
New development within a National Scenic Area requires to be accompanied by a design statement. Without this statement we are unable to validate your application.
Don’t forget to sign your application. Again, without a signature we are unable to validate your application.
Shetland Islands Council,
c/o Train Shetland,
North Gremista Industrial Estate,
Telephone: 01595 744293
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