Do I need planning permission?

You can carry out many types of minor development without getting planning permission first. But it is sometimes hard to decide if planning permission is needed without looking at what you plan to do in more detail.

Planning permission is not needed for work that only affects the inside of a building. However, if the building is listed, you may need listed building consent

If you want to check if you might need planning permission, you can download our Guide to Householder Permitted Development Rights in Scotland and our enquiry form below.

Householder Permitted Development Rights
Householder enquiry form

You can get more information on the Scottish Government's website.

We run a drop-in service where you can get planning advice from us. The drop-ins are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also phone or email our Duty Officer for advice during the same times

Drop-in Service
Abbotsford House
Davids Loan
Falkirk
FK2 7YZ

01324 504748

Advice for non-householders

The rules here are a little more complex and permitted development rights for non-domestic premises have changed.

The revised rules include new or increased allowances for:

  • access ramps
  • electric vehicle charging points
  • industrial/warehouse
  • hospitals, universities, colleges, schools, nurseries and care homes
  • local authority development
  • office buildings
  • open air markets
  • shop/financial services establishment
  • trolley stores for shops
  • telecommunications code systems operators

Restrictions are introduced on agricultural and forestry buildings on historic battlefields.


How do I apply?

Please talk to us about what you would like to do before you make your application. This can help avoid problems later when you submit your plans.

Submitting your application

We encourage you to submit your planning application online via the ePlanning Scotland website

If you would like to submit your application by post, various forms and guidance notes are available to download from the ePlanning Scotland website.

Please read and follow the guidance notes carefully and make sure you submit all the relevant plans, drawings and other information we might need.

Submitting a planning application - What do I need

You can also email your application to:


How much will it cost?

The cost of your planning application depends on what you are doing and where it is.

Our fees leaflet will answer most questions, but the Fee Calculation Wizard on the Scottish Government's ePlanning site may help.

Fees

Planning applications (all types)

Search fee £97 per hour
Copy of certificate £31 per certificate
Advertising fees As appropriate
Licensing certificates - required by Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 Section 50 £105

Residential development (full applications)

Alterations and/or extensions to a house or flat £202
Creation of buildings, such as garages or sheds £202
Alterations to two or more houses or flats £401
Building walls, fences, gates etc £202
Building a house or flat £401
Building more than one house or flat £401 (per house or flat)

A maximum fee of £19,100 applies when building houses and flats.

Residential development (planning permission in principle)

Planning permission in principle is when permission has been given, but certain design conditions must be met before work can begin.

Building a house £401
Building more than one house or flat £401 (for each 0.1 hectare up to a maximum or £10,028)

Please contact us if you need advice and to discuss what you plan to do. We can tell you of any difficulties we see or other things which you might need to think about.

01324 504748

Should I consider a processing agreement?

A processing agreement is a project management tool for a planning application. Processing agreements can be used to set out the key processes involved in determining an application, identify what information is required, and from whom, and set the timescales for the delivery of various stages of the process.

Processing agreements can deliver a number of benefits including:

  • Greater transparency in decision-making for everyone involved in the process
  • Greater predictability and certainty over the timing of key stages
  • Faster decision-making
  • Clearer lines of communication between authority and applicant
  • More effective and earlier engagement of key stakeholders

Processing agreements will typically be used for major planning applications, but can also be useful for complex local applications.

An agreement needs to be signed by both the applicant and the Council and will help to provide certainty for both parties. We support the use of these agreements, and encourage discussion at pre-application stage.

We have produced a processing agreement template for convenience:

Processing Agreement Template