View or comment on a planning application

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View planning applications, including weekly and monthly lists, using Public Access.

Or register with Tell Me Scotland to get email or text alerts of planning applications in your area.

Neighbours

We notify neighbours about proposed developments within 20 metres of their property. There are exceptions, such as works to listed buildings or signage.

Local Press

Some planning applications are advertised in the local press. These include:

  • development affecting listed buildings or conservation areas

  • specific types of development such as pubs and hot food takeaway shops

Comment on planning applications, either in support or opposition, using Public Access. Be aware that any comments you submit will be made public and will be published on our Public Access system.

Before submitting a comment, read our Privacy Statement.

Valid representations

Comments on planning applications are also referred to as representations. When making a representation, please set out your reasons. It is not enough to simply state that you object to or support the proposal.

You can get advice from private planning consultants or from PAS (Planning Aid Scotland), a national charity that provides free and impartial planning advice.

Some points which may be considered to form a valid planning representation include:

  • compliance or non-compliance with the local development plan or national guidance 
  • impact on adjacent property and the local area 
  • noise, nuisance and smell 
  • privacy and amenity
  • visual appearance and compatibility
  • impact on traffic movements
  • road safety and access
  • parking issues
  • effect on pedestrians and cyclists

Some points which are not considered to form a valid planning representation include:

  • issues covered by other legislation such as licensing, building standards, health and safety 
  • private property rights such as boundary or access disputes 
  • the developer’s motives, record or reputation 
  • perceived impact on property values
  • competition between businesses 
  • the impact on a private view over someone else’s land 
  • inconvenience caused by construction works
  • moral issues, such as an amusement arcade which might attract children

What happens next

If you submit a representation we will send you an acknowledgement with information on the process for determination of the planning application.

Deadlines

The neighbour notification letter, public advert and Public Access will give a date by which representations should be received.

In some cases the period for making a representation can be extended. If you have missed the time limit, call us via ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778