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Development Management

Officers from Development Management are available Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 17:00, to offer advice on planning applications and proposed developments to customers visiting or telephoning the Council Offices. Outside these hours and days, officers will be available by appointment only. Queries can also be sent by email.

This Planning page details advice and guidance on how and when to make an application for planning permission; how and when a planning decision can be appealed; and what happens if planning regulations and conditions are ignored.

All Development Management pages can be accessed from the 'More pages in this section' menu.

For information on planning policies and guidance please click on the 'Related Links' section of this page. For information on Building Standards please follow the link in the 'Related Links' section of this page. 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Changes to service

To ensure strict compliance with government advice in relation to Covid-19, Development Management has made temporary changes to the way its functions are being delivered.

Staff have access to emails, but telephone calls and meetings are currently not available. Processes for receipt, validation, assessment and decision-making for planning applications will continue, but may be delayed.  Planning applications should be submitted electronically. For the duration of the current situation, paper applications or cheque payments may be significantly delayed.  Replies to planning queries may be delayed.

Planning applications and associated documents can be examined, and representations submitted, online. Paper representations can still be submitted, but acknowledgement may be delayed.  The planning office is currently closed to the public.  You can contact Development Management by email at

The Team

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School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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