Types of permission

Guide to types of planning permission

Get planning permission

  • Full planning permission - this covers the majority of applications for new buildings, extensions, alterations to existing buildings and changing the use of a building or piece of land. Full details of your proposals need to be submitted for this type of consent
  • Permission in principle - allows you to apply without providing full details of the design or siting at the outset. This consent does not actually allow you to start your development – it just means that it is acceptable in principle. A new application will need to be submitted giving the full details of the proposals before any development can start
  • Approval of matters specified in a condition - this needs to be submitted following the granting of planning permission for Permission in Principle. This needs to include full details of the proposal as well as any other information requested as part of the conditions of the original consent
  • Advertisement consent - some advertisements have ‘deemed consent’ meaning that formal consent is not required. For other proposals you will need to apply for advertisement consent
  • Certificate of lawfulness (existing) - for a retrospective application for an existing building or use which does not have consent or has been implemented in breach of planning regulations
  • Certificate of lawfulness (proposed) - for an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development and may be used to verify that your proposal is a Permitted Development
  • Conservation area consent - for applications to demolish a structure within a conservation area
  • Listed building consent - most works to a listed building, internal or external need listed building consent, and may also need full planning permission
  • Agricultural prior notification - for developments of agricultural buildings on farm holdings. The Planning Authority has 28 days to determine whether or not the proposal is permitted development
  • Section 36 - Applications for consent for the construction, extension and operation of electricity generating stations. Applications with capacity below 50 megawatts are determined by the Council. Applications with capacity in excess of 50 megawatts are determined by the Energy Consents Unit on behalf of the Scottish Government (The ECU will consult the Council on the application)
  • Section 37 - Applications for the installation of certain overhead electric lines and associated infrastructure are determined by the Energy Consents Unit on behalf of the Scottish Government (The ECU will consult the Council on most of these applications)
  • Section 50 Certificate Planning - to show permission has been obtained for a development (accompany an application for a premises licence to sell alcohol)
  • Tree preservation orders
  • Mineral works - for the extraction of minerals
  • Marine fish farms - for the development of marine fish farms
  • Applications under Reg 62 of the Habitats Regulations
  • Environmental impact assessment screening opinion
  • Environmental impact assessment scoping opinion
  • Hazardous substance - if you plan to have hazardous substances at or above specified controlled quantities

Related permissions

  • Road Construction Consent - for the design and construction of all new roads associated with new developments for which a planning application has been submitted