Apply for planning permission

Planning is concerned with how a development looks, fits in with its surroundings, its effect on the local neighbourhood, community, traffic and the historic and natural environment. You need planning permission as an authorisation to do a development work.

Planning permission is different from building warrant. To carry out work legally, you usually need both.

There are some things that you need to know before applying for a permission:

Please note that this process is slightly different if you are applying for planning permission for large public works or major developments

Deciding who will make your application

If planning permission is required, you will need to decide who is making the application. This can be yourself or a suitably qualified professional acting on your behalf such as:

  • Architect
  • Architectural technician
  • Surveyors or planning consultant
  • Building engineers or contractor
  • Company specialising in conservatories, windows and doors

You can find an architect in your area on the Architects Register website. 

For complex local developments, we would recommend you to use our Planning Processing Agreement (PPA). This project management tool will help you identify key processes, information you need provide and timescales. 

What you need to provide

We need you to provide the relevant documentation for your proposed works with your application:

Application fees

The fee for a planning application is set nationally by the Scottish Government. You can view our application fees or use fee calculator on the ePlanning portal.

You need to pay the appropriate fee when submitting the application otherwise we can't process it.

You can pay in different ways:

  • online through the ePlanning portal 
  • by telephone with a debit or credit card
  • by post, by sending a cheque (payable to Aberdeenshire Council) with your application to our correspondence address

How to apply

You can apply for most types of planning applications online using the national ePlanning portal. If you are not sure which form you need use the forms wizard

Apply for planning permission

Alternatively, you can get the relevant application form from the ePlanning portal. Please send the completed and signed application to our correspondence address.

View the planning applications privacy notice (pdf 85.1KB).

Please note that some forms can be found on the ePlanning portal but can only be submitted in paper. These are: 

  • Pre-application screening notice
  • Proposal of application notice
  • Modification or discharge of planning obligations
  • Marine fish farm application form
  • High hedges form
  • Appeals notice form guide

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