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Legislation

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Principal Legislation

Planning permission is almost always required for 'development' on any significant scale. This term is defined in law and covers a wide range of building and engineering work as well as changes in the way land and buildings are used. Planning law also covers changes to listed buildings and control of advertisements.

The main planning law in Scotland is The Town and Country Planning Act (Scotland) 1997 Chapter 8 as amended by The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. From August 3, 2009 the majority of the 2006 Act came into force.

Secondary Legislation

The following are the main pieces of secondary planning legislation.  The versions at the end of the links do not include subsequent amendments.  The advanced search facility at www.legislation.gov.uk can be used to identify legislation which amends a set of regulations or an order (e.g. search for the legislation whose text includes the name of the regulations or order of interest).

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

The Town and Country Planning (Schemes of Delegation and Local Review Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

Town and country planning (Hazardous substances) (Scotland) Amendment regulations 2014

Natural Habitats (Conservation etc) Regulations 1994

Town and Country Planning (Charges for Publication of Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Temporary Stop Notice) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Modification and Discharge of Good Neighbour Agreement) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

The Town and Country Planning (Modification and Discharge of Planning Obligations) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation Order and Trees in Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997

The Town and Country (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992

Other Legislation