Planning and Building Update

Find out more about the changes to the Planning and Buildings Standards Service.

Development Management Service update

Please note that due to a combination of an increase in applications / workload and staff absences / vacancies, the Council's Development Management is presently facing considerable work pressures.  Accordingly, decision and response timescales may be longer than we would like them to be.  Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

For further background, please see the reports to the Economy and Resources Committee setting out the independent review of the service, the resultant Action Plan to address the 17 recommendations made and the additional resourcing required.  The Committee agreed to all of the recommendations and these are in the process of being implemented.

Kirkbank and Ashwood House

The Planning and Building Standards reception (Kirkbank in Dumfries and Ashwood House in Stranraer) are now closed until further notice to visiting members of the public. Please contact the team via email only using for planning queries or for Building Standards queries.

New Planning and Building Warrant applications

Payment can be made either by the Scottish Government's eDevelopment portal or by the Pay it section on this site.

Payments by Cheque, Telephone or BACS will no longer be accepted.

There is a flat rate of £30 fee for any planning applications which require to be advertised in a local newspaper.

We will only be accepting new planning and building warrants or amended drawings via the Scottish Government's eDevelopment portal.

Representations to planning applications

We only accept representations electronically either via the ePlanning website or by emailing

Duty Officers

There are currently no duty officers available. We will respond to electronic queries submitted to for Planning queries or for Building Standards queries.

Page last updated: 23/11/2022
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