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Planning Authorities

The primary responsibility for the delivery of the planning service in Scotland lies with the 32 local authorities and the 2 national park authorities.

Planning authorities undertake key pieces of work to inform stakeholders about the service they deliver.

Development Plan Schemes indicate to stakeholders the intended programme for preparing and reviewing the development plan. This means people can become involved in planning the future of the area. These are required by legislation and are available on the websites of each planning authority.

Schemes of Delegation identify who will make the planning authority's decision on different types of planning application: whether it be an appointed officer or elected members. This also influences the route for any subsequent appeal. These schemes are required by legislation and are available on the websites of each planning authority.

Service Improvement Plans are published annually. They report on the performance of the authority for the previous year and identify areas for improvement in the year to come. These are non-statutory and where published, are available on the websites of each planning authority.

Local Forums exist in some authorities to either inform the preparation of the development or to help authorities consider the quality of their planning service. These are non-statutory and where they exist, information is available via the websites of each planning authority.

Badged jointly by the Scottish Government, COSLA and the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life, Guidance on the Role of Councillors in Pre-Application Procedures is available.  It provides guidance to local authorities on locally agreed and adopted procedures for pre-application discussions.