Find out if you need planning permission
- Planning guidance and advice
- To find out if you need planning permission or a building warrant, you can also use our Development Enquiry service
- Find out the cost of applying for planning permission
If you do find out you need planning permission and would like to receive advice an information on your development proposal, check out our Pre-application advice service.
Apply for planning permission online
The Highland Council's planning and building standards systems will be down for scheduled maintenance from 9:00am on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 until at least 5:00pm. Please be aware that this outage may carry over on to Thursday 24th August but we will aim to have the systems back to being fully operational as soon as possible. Submissions can still be made on the eDevelopment.scot online portal, but The Highland Council will be unable to process any applications until the maintenance period has been completed. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
- You can now login to your ePlanning.scot account and the new eBuildingStandards.scot site from one site: www.eDevelopment.scot
- Before you can make applications, you will need to create an account
- Find out what drawings and further information you should submit with your application
- Find out how to use ePlanning.scot to apply for planning permission electronically
- Advice and application forms for aquaculture planning permission
Paper applications are available here and should be sent to our ePlanning centre at Headquarters (address below) for processing. Please do not submit paper applications to area offices or service points. This also applies to additonal or supporting documentation you may need to send to us in relation to existing planning applications.
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). authorization 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.
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.
- Read our check-list of what needs to be included in your Proposal of Application Notice
- Read our major developments pre-application guide
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 ePlanning.scot portal.
The online form in the portal is called Post Submission Additional Documents (PSAD) and should be used to submit the following:
- Planning Application additional documents
- Notice of Review Application additional documents
- Appeal a Refusal or other decision additional documents
- Appeal a Notice additional documents
Even though the original applications (below) cannot be made using ePlanning.scot, you can still use the PSAD online form on the ePlanning.scot Portal to submit follow up documents for:
- Development Enquiry additional documents (Even though original application cannot be made via the
- Pre-application Advice additional documents
When submitting additional information please make sure:
- Quote your original application reference number on any documents you send
- Include a scale bar on all plans
- Plans should be correctly named, for example, "elevation", "site plan", "floor plan"
- Revised plans should use the original description and be correctly titled as such, drawing number followed by 'Rev A/B/C as appropriate' 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.
For guidance on how to submit applications using the ePlanning.scot portal you can read how to use ePlanning.scot.