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Process maps and checklists

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

Process maps and checklists

Decisions process

Applications for planning permission are dealt with, in the first instance, by the local planning authority.
Each local authority works under the general principle that decisions are taken at the most local administrative level, unless there are compelling reasons for taking decisions at a higher level.

Scottish Ministers deal with a variety of casework in relation to the planning system and have a role in confirming various legislative orders and directions.

Process maps and checklists

Planning and Architecture division are continually seeking ways to improve customer experiences. To assist authorities when submitting cases to Scottish Ministers, process maps and checklists have been prepared. This will clarify the required information we need from you, on the date of receipt, to make a decision.

Other types of cases are required to be submitted to Scottish Ministers. These are less frequently submitted than those listed above. If you need to submit any of the cases listed below, please contact us.

  • Revocation Orders
  • Control of Advertisement
  • Modification Orders
  • Flood Protection Schemes
  • Article 4 Directions
  • Completion Notices
  • Discontinuance Notices
  • Hazardous Substance Orders
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Purchase Notice


There may be instances where the process does not follow the one outlined or further information which is not listed on the checklist is required due to the complex nature of the case. In these circumstances Planning Decisions team will be able to assist in answering your queries.