DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION/CONSENT?
All development requires planning permission. However, certain forms of development may be carried out as 'permitted development'.
Provided the development meets criteria set out in legislation, it does not require a specific grant of planning permission. Generally this is because the scale and nature of the development is considered to be less significant and will have little impact on the surrounding area.
The types of development that can be considered as 'permitted development', and the qualifying criteria, are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (external site), usually referred to as the GPDO. This however is not, and should not be relied on as, a definitive version. All legislation can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk, and there are providers of libraries of legal information that can be found online.
Guidance on Non – Domestic Permitted Development Rights is available in Circulars produced by the Scottish Government which can be found here
For Guidance on Householder Permitted Development Rights please refer to the following document (PDF on external site)
For the Council to tell you whether the use of buildings or other land would be lawful or whether any proposed works would be lawful i.e. whether it is ‘permitted development’, you may apply for a certificate of lawfulness of proposed use or development. Whether an existing use or development is lawful can be confirmed by making an application for a certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development to the Council. You can either submit both of these applications online via the link below:
Or by completing and returning the relevant application form that is available at the below link: Planning Application Forms
Should you have any questions about the process for making an application for planning permission, Listed Building Consent, Conservation Area Consent or Certificate of Lawfulness, or about the detail and information needing to accompanying your application submission, the Development Management Team run a duty officer system. You can drop into the office between 9.00am and 10.30am, Monday to Friday without an appointment to talk to one of our Officers; alternatively you can talk to an officer over the phone on 01595 744293 during that time or if this time is unsuitable, you can make an appointment on the above number.
Should you wish to submit a pre-application enquiry (this is a free service we provide) you may do this in writing and submit to us at:
North Gremista Industrial Estate
or alternatively you may submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone on +44 (01595) 744293