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Pre-application Advice

If you wish to carry out building work or change the use of a building or land, or if you are unsure whether planning permission is required for your proposed development, we would encourage you to speak to an officer in Development Management. We will be able to advise whether or not a planning application is required, and if it is, whether or not your proposal is likely to be acceptable.

The submission of a pre-application enquiry will help you to gain clear, impartial and professional advice at an early stage regarding any key issues that you need to address prior to submitting an application. Pre-application advice can help to identify and address relevant issues and, as a result, can save you time and money. Enquiries for pre-application advice can be made using the Pre-Application Advice forms available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page. One version can be saved and completed on screen and the other can be printed and completed by hand.

There is no fee for pre-application advice.

Some small alterations and extensions can be carried out without the need to submit an application for planning permission and further information is contained in the Scottish Government publication ‘Guidance on Householder Permitted Development Rights’. Flowcharts for particular development types are also provided by the Scottish Government. Both can be accessed via the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

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