An applicant, be it an individual householder, larger developer or their agent, wants to be clear whether they need planning permission, and if so, what the process will be.
Some development does not require a planning application as legislation specifies it as 'permitted development' on the basis of being, for example, either minor or uncontroversial development or associated with the existing use of land or buildings.
If planning permission is needed then the development management process will be determined by the scale of the proposed development.
Legislation requires that decisions on planning applications should be made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
It is important that the information submitted with planning application is of an appropriate quality. Applicants are encouraged to discuss what this means for their planning application as early as possible with the relevant planning authority and interested parties, such as agencies.
ePlanning.scot provides an easy-to-use way for you to complete and send in planning applications, notices of review, appeals and other permission needed under planning law. It also allows you to attach relevant documents, buy and mark up a location plan and pay the application fee electronically. The site guides you through the process, and your application is much more likely to be valid when it is received and checked by the planning authority. This will also speed up the overall process because it saves the planning authority time too.
Around 70% of all planning applications are now made online, as opposed to using traditional paper based postal applications. This is increasing efficiency in delivery and enabling substantial savings to be made both by applicants and by planning authorities every time an application is made through the ePlanning portal.