Planning permission


New planning portal

On 13 January 2016 we launched a new ePlanning Portal called

Prospective applicants should now use the new Portal (accessible further down this page under Planning Permission) to make any new applications. Before you can do so you will need to set up a new account on the new portal.  Read more information for applicants and agents.

ePlanning Scotland Portal - submit incomplete applications

Customers should note that there will be a period of dual running of the ePlanning Scotland Portal and the new Portal from the 13 January until 17 March 2016. The ePlanning Scotland Portal will close on 17 March 2016 and any incomplete applications which have been started in this portal should be completed by close of play on the 17 March 2016.

Planning Permission

Apply for planning permission

Paper applications are available and should be sent to our ePlanning centre (address below).


Plans, drawings and material which are submitted as part of a planning application and are accessible on our Public Access site are protected by the Copyright Acts 1988 Act. For copyright reasons, you may only download and print material for consultation and inspection purposes (e.g. checking that developments are in accordance with the approved plans). Authorisation to re-use copyright material should be sought from the copyright holder.
Any mapping based on Ordnance Survey material is subject to Crown Copyright. You may view or download this for private and non-commercial purposes. For any other purpose, you should contact Ordnance Survey for advice if you wish to licence Ordnance Survey mapping.

Major developments

If you are submitting an application for major development, you must submit a Proposal of Application Notice at least 12 weeks before the date you are intending to submit your planning application.

Changes to applications

Use our Request for Variation form to describe minor changes after a planning decision has been made or to request variations to applications under consideration. Send this along with any amended drawings as per our process below for submitting additional information.

Submitting additional information 

If you have additional information you would like to provide in connection with a submitted application, you can  submit follow up documentation to us electronically using a new online form within the new portal

The online form is called Post Submission Additional Documents (PSAD) and will be available in the new portal as of 13 January 2016 and should be used to submit the following:

  • Request for Variation form - You should submit a Request for Variation form to us if you would like to make changes to an existing planning application

The Request for Variation form should be attached to the Post Submission Additional Documents online form when it is available as of 13 January

  • Planning Application additional documents
  • Notice of Review Application additional documents
  • Appeal a Refusal or other decision additional documents
  • Appeal a Notice additional documents

When submitting additional information please make sure:

  • Quote your planning application reference number on any documents you send
  • Include a scale bar on all plans
  • Plans should be correctly named, for example, "elevation plan", "site plan", "floor plan"
  • Revised plans should use the original description and include a date of the revision
  • The date you send any additional information should be clearly marked on plans
  • Requests for minor changes must also be sent to our ePlanning Centre

If you are unable to use the PSAD online form in the new portal, you can email or post the information to our ePlanning Centre. Contact details are further down this page. 

ePlanning support arrangements

13 January to 27 January 2016

The Scottish Government have set up an ePlanning Support Centre which you can contact if you are experiencing any issues when using the old or new portals (both are accessible above). The support Centre will be available from the 13th January for two weeks so should you haver any issues please contact them either:

28 January 2016 onwards

If you have any technical difficulties when using our ePlanning Site, please use this form to tell us about it. It will help us resolve the problem if you include:

  • Screenshots of the issue (desirable) – Paste into a word document and attach to the online complaints form as they help us to resolve issues quicker
  • A description of what you were trying to do on our site when the issue occurred (essential)
  • Date and time the issue occurred (essential)
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