Apply for planning permission

Applications for planning permission can be submitted online using a Scottish Government website. They can also be completed in hard copy and sent to us.

Always check if you need to apply for planning permission before starting any work.

Planning permission normally lasts for 3 years but we are able to vary this period where appropriate (for example, a large phased development).  If you don't start work within that time then the permission will expire.

You must comply with any conditions attached to the permission and some conditions may need further details to be submitted before the work starts. There is no timescale for the completion of the works once permission is secure.


Apply for planning permission online using the Scottish Government's ePlanning website. Applications for our region are sent to us automatically and processed as normal.

Submit an online planning application

You can also download planning application forms  to complete and return to us directly.

The Council uses the Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) national guidance note for registering applications. Follow the guidance carefully to ensure your application is made valid quickly:


Use the Scottish Government's fee calculator to work out the estimated cost of your application:

Calculate planning fees

We'll check the fee when you send in an application but you may want to confirm the fee with us beforehand.


Decisions on most types of planning application should normally be made within two months of receiving a valid application. You can track the progress of applications online.

Page last updated: 07/05/2019
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