Due to a change in our Planning and Building Standards IT software provider there will be a short closedown period during which time we will be unable to receive, validate, register or update any new or current applications. The closedown period will take place between 25 October and 5 November.
During this period, you can continue to submit planning and building warrant applications through the e-Development portal but any applications submitted will be held in a queuing system until after the closedown period.
If you are submitting applications and/or revised information in paper format, these will also be queued and validated in order of date received.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact us using the details below if you need any further information.
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.
It is best to talk about the proposal with a member of the Development Quality team to determine the requirements for the development proposed and if planning permission is required. Officers in the Team will be able to provide written or verbal advice on relevant procedures, timescales etc. For contact information please see the foot of this page.
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.
To assist you in apply for planning application electronically, we have complied a list of frequently asked questions 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 get all planning applications electronically whether small scale or large developments.
When you apply online, your application is sent electronically to us for determining your application. It is much quicker and easier for both the application/agent and us to receive and determine your application electronically.
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.
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 us will be using the 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 clacksweb)or via telephone payments (Tel. 01259 450000). More information is available on our Online Payments page.
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, via https://eplanning.clacks.gov.uk/eplanning/ 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 https://eplanning.clacks.gov.uk/eplanning/ 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.
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Tel: 01259 450000