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Do I need planning permission?

Find out what work needs planning permission and what doesn't.

You might need planning permission to:

  • build something new
  • extend a property
  • change the use of a property
  • carry out engineering or mining work
  • Add a dormer window to the roof space of your property
  • erect a garage or shed

Other permissions you might need

  • Listed building Consent, if you're altering or extending a listed building (maybe link to GIS map if still available?)
  • Conservation Area Consent, for the total or substantial demolition of certain buildings or structures within a conservation area
  • Advertisement Consent, if you're putting up an advertisement
  • Application for Tree Works, if you intend to carry out works to trees in conservation area or trees which a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) view map

Work that doesn't need planning permission

Householder Permitted Development

Some small building work to domestic properties might not need planning permission. This is known as permitted development. Examples include:

  • small front porches
  • some extensions or conservatories
  • satellite dishes
  • replacement windows and doors
  • Some dormer windows at the rear of building
  • Some detached garages and sheds

You don't have permitted development rights if you live in a conservation area. Even small changes or developments might need planning permission.

You can check if your alterations are 'Permitted Development' using the Scottish Government's Guidance on Householders Permitted Development Rights.

Non-Householder Permitted Development

Some types of non-householder developments may also benefit from permitted development rights. Examples include:

  • some agricultural buildings
  • some forestry buildings and operations
  • some telecommunication works

You can check if certain non-householder developments are "permitted development" here.

Certificate of Lawfulness

You can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness to receive evidence that an existing or proposed development is lawful and does not require planning permission.

How to apply for planning permission

For all types of applications you should apply on the ePlanning.scot website.  Further details can be found here.