Planning guidance and advice
Small scale business development
If your proposal is a small scale business development then we have produced guidance for small businesses and developed a protocol for dealing with small business applications. Planning advice note for Small Business Development.
We strive to encourage applicants to opt for buildings that are designed to respond to the local landscape and the local climate. Our Sustainable Design Guide helps make sure that all development is well-designed, sustainable and sympathetic to its environment.
If your proposal lies within a particularly sensitive area then you may have to submit a drainage statement or a drainage impact assessment. Development proposals within or bordering medium to high risk flood areas will have to be accompanied by a flood risk assessment. Flood Risk and Drainage Impact Assessment offers guidance on drainage and flooding issues and the preparation of the aforementioned documents.
Trees and woodland
Planning proposals should consider the impact of development upon existing trees and woodlands and identify opportunities for the planting and management of new trees and woodlands. Trees, Woodland and Development Supplementary Guidance.
Public health and safety
There are a range of public health and safety factors that need to be assessed when considering development proposals, covering issues such as noise, odour, slope, stability and pollution. Where these factors put human health and safety at risk, they are classed as physical constraints to development. Our Physical Constraints Supplementary Guidance provides developers with an up-to-date list of constraints.
Managing Waste in New Developments guidance helps developers incorporate waste management requirements at the initial design stage of any proposed development, in the same way other essential services are considered.
Guidance on Highland Statutorily Protected Species has been prepared to aid applicants when considering development in relation to their responsibilities towards protected species. Key species to be aware of, the varying levels of protection afforded to them and how they should be dealt with in a development proposal so as to avoid breaking the law and to further the conservation of biodiversity.
If your proposal is within a Conservation Area, National Scenic Area, Site of a Scheduled Monument, within the area surrounding a Category A listed building, historic garden or designed landscape or World Heritage Site it's likely you'll need to submit a design statement with your application. Design Statements and Design and Access Statements advice note.
You are encouraged to consider the use of bi-lingual Gaelic and English signs in your development. Please see our Gaelic signage for private developments advice note for more information. We can also provide translation assistance.
If your proposal is within a Conservation Area, National Scenic Area, Site of a Scheduled Monument, within the area surrounding a Category A listed building, historic garden, designed landscape or World Heritage Site you are likely to need to submit a design statement with your application form. Design Statements and Design and Access Statements advice note.