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Area 2-H (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

Key Documents

Householder Permitted Development

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All minor home improvement projects should be carefully considered.

A planning application gives opportunity for proposed development to be considered in the context of its local setting. However, considering applications for planning permission for minor and uncontroversial developments is not an effective or efficient way of regulating development.

Permitted development rights are granted so that many instances of small alterations and extensions can be carried out without the need to submit an application for planning permission.

As with all home improvement projects, the owner of the property is responsible for complying with relevant planning regulations. If you do not comply with the law, you may have to remove some or all of the work. The most common requirements are detailed in the check list.

Advice on what is householder permitted development can be found using the following online tools :

  • Circular – contains Scottish Government policy on the implementation of the legislation
  • Legislation - this is a link to the regulations that control householder developments
  • Flowcharts – step by step guide on various projects which may be permitted development
  • Planning authorities may offer advice on how the rules apply in specific circumstances. They can also help in understanding the process and requirements.