Our pages are designed to help you through the planning application process. To establish if planning permission is required we strongly recommend that you read the information on our pages as well as the Scottish Government website before contacting us. There are a number of publications on our Planning Customer Guidelines page to provide you with advice on a range of topics.
New legislation in February 2012 enable some householders to develop their homes without the need for planning permission. The changes include projects such as extensions, porches, sheds, garages, decking, fences and access ramps. There will still be certain restrictions relating to conservation areas and listed buildings. Although planning permission may not be required, there may be a requirement for a Building Warrant.
While planning relates to the appearance and environmental aspects of building construction, Building Standards and Safety is concerned with Building regulations. They concentrate on design and construction making sure people are safe in and around buildings. As such you may need a Building Warrant as well as planning permission.
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