COVID-19: planning and building updates

We are continuing to deal with building warrant and planning applications, but there may be disruption to some aspects of service provision as outlined below. At this time we would be grateful if you could submit applications online and communicate with us by email.

Development Standards

Applications submitted through will be assessed in the normal manner but determination timescales may be affected. Paper mail may not reach us within normal timescales so please correspond with us via digital means.

Submission of new applications or additional information in relation to existing applications should be made via

Information in relation to existing applications is available on Public Access.

Comments on applications should be submitted through Public Access

Site visits and inspections will be limited or postponed where necessary. It will help us deal with applications and other enquiries if you provide photographs of the site and its surroundings. We will be unable to attend meetings at this time.

If you need to contact us email

Submissions in relation to new applications or additional information in relation to existing applications should be via

The Coronavirus Scotland Act 2020 makes provision for the extension of the duration of some planning permissions, planning permission in principle and other consents granted under the planning acts. In general terms it means that any permission expiring between 7 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 can be implemented, or an application for approval of specified matters submitted until 30 September 2021. If you require clarification on this matter please contact quoting the reference number of the relevant permission.

Building Standards


Applications submitted through will be assessed as normal within normal government targets. Paper mail may not reach us within normal timescales so please correspond with us via digital means.  Information on existing applications is available on our Public Access system on Public Access

Site and building inspections

These are only being conducted for essential reasons in line with strict policies and procedures. In line with Scottish Government Guidance for Level 4 restrictions no site inspections will be carried out in homes at this time. Alternative or remote CCNP evidence/inspection will be encouraged. Essential inspections for health and safety reasons will be provided where there are no risks to staff or members of the public, 2m distancing is adhered to and members of the public do not interact with Officers during the visits. We will also be asking those requiring an essential inspection to adhere to our 'Inspection Agreement' which sets out the requirements and expectations for both parties. Contact the inspecting Officer noted on the CCNP to discuss in advance. We also be encouraging the use of remote inspections via video link as an alternative where this is agreeable and also technically possible. This is new territory for everyone so please contact us if you would be keen to trial this for your development or works.

The following guidance in relation to extensions to the duration of a building warrant was issued by the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government:

  • Duration of a building warrant - on receipt of an application to extend the period of validity and the relevant fee received we shall extend the building warrant for a further 9 months without condition.
  • Determination of applications - Before a building warrant is refused or deemed refused at 9 months after the first report or any previously agreed extended period, we shall agree an extension of time if desired by the applicant to facilitate approval of the application.

Submissions in relation to Building Warrants and Completion Certificates should be via the E-BS portal at

For general enquiries contact us.