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Check if you need planning permission

Some forms of development may or may not require planning permission. From this page you can check if your proposal requires permission and you can find out more about permitted development rights.

Find out more:

When you might need permission

Please note this is for guidance only, but generally, you might need planning permission if:

  • you want to build something new
  • you want to make a major change to your building – like building an extension
  • you want to change the use of your building
  • your building is in a conservation area (you may need conservation area consent)
  • your building is a listed building (you may need listed building consent)

Permitted developments

Small scale and/or minor developments may benefit from a general planning permission usually referred to as 'permitted development rights'. Find out more about guidance on householder permitted development rights, householder permitted development flowcharts, or Local (non-householder) development permitted development rights on the Scottish Government website.

If your proposal is considered to be permitted development, you don't need planning permission. To find out if this is the case, please complete our Do I need planning permission form - householder (pdf 327KB), for enquiries relating to existing residential properties. For Local (non-householder) development enquiries please complete our Do I need planning permission – non-householder form (pdf 174KB) and send it to our correspondence address. We assess your enquiry based on the information that you submit, we don't do a site visit. Therefore, our response is an informal opinion only. View planning applications privacy notice (pdf 48.2KB) to find out what we do with your data. 

If you need a formal decision or legal certification confirming that you don't need planning permission, please apply for a certificate of lawfulness via the national planning portal.