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Planning permission is needed for most forms of development and the Development Quality team is responsible for the processing of such applications.
Development can encompass a whole range of proposals, from small house extensions through to large residential estates, factories, shops, warehouses and the erection of sign and advertisements.
You may wish to contact a member of the team to determine whether planning permission is required or to seek advice on any proposed development. Officers will be able to provide written or verbal advice on relevant procedures, supporting documentation, timescales etc.
Please note that due to the current lockdown restrictions especially in relation to office access, there will be a 5-10 day delay in both the registration of hard copy applications and their subsequent approval notification.
Please also note that, as we no longer accept cash or cheques, all fees must be paid electronically either via the portal, or on our website or by telephoning our contact centre.
Further general guidance on which forms to fill in, whether you need planning permission and how much it is likely to cost is available from the ePlanning page ePlanning.scot.
To assist you in understanding the planning application process we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below.
In addition, to assist you in applying for a planning application electronically via the ePlanning portal, the following information is provided below.
If you want to apply for Planning Permission, you can do so at ePlanning.scot. Simply register with the site, identify the location or property that you wish to make a planning application for and follow the steps and guidance through the online forms.
Yes. You can still download paper application forms and submit them in hardcopy, although this is actively discouraged.
Visit ePlanning.scot and click on the "Download Forms" tab.
Yes. The council would prefer to receive all planning applications electronically irrespective of size, scale or type of development.
When you apply online, your application is sent electronically from the ePlanning portal directly to the Council.
The site will guide you through a number of steps, dependent on the type of application (or appeal) that you are submitting. There is help text and a user guide available throughout the process.
On submitting your application or appeal, an instant automated confirmation is sent to your email address from the ePlanning.scot website. All further communication from the Council will be sent to that same email address.
ePlanning Scotland's primary aims are to make the planning system more efficient.
With ePlanning, automatic checks are carried out as users progress through the online forms. This will reduce the number of planning applications submitted to planning authorities incorrectly or without the necessary information, speeding up the processing times.
A decision with regard to your application should therefore be reached sooner, as a result of reduced delay in the processing and submission of your application.
Planning fees are determined by the Scottish Government (The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004), and can be calculated using the fee calculator at ePlanning.scot. Alternatively you can view our Planning Application Fee Scale.
You can pay for an application online using a variety of different methods including online payments (via the Council's website)or by telephone (Tel. 01259 450000). More information is available on our Online Payments page. You will need the Local Authority issued planning reference number if paying in this manner.
Yes. There is, however, a size limit of 10 MB for each individual file added to your application and a total size limit of 50 MB for all your supporting documentation. If you need to exceed either of these limits, you will need to contact us or the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) for further instructions.
Yes, on our website you can search for, view and comment on planning applications online. You will also be able to view associated planning application documentation.
You need to register on the website before you can track your planning application. Once registered, you will be able to view your application and receive email notifications of progress such as change of status or any new documents received.
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000