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The original version of this Circular (Published December 27, 2013) has been replaced by revision 1.0 below (Published September 10, 2015)

Planning Series Circular 3/2013: Development Management Procedures

DescriptionGuidance on the requirements in relation to applications for planning permission
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateDecember 27, 2013


ISBN 978 1 78412 175 4 (web only publication)
DPPAS 21686

This document is also available in pdf format (988 KB)




Schematic Contents Page - Development Management

1. Introduction

2. Pre-Application Phase

Pre-application discussions and processing agreements
Pre-application consultation (PAC) between prospective applicants and communities
Classes of development and screening
Proposal of Application Notice
Minimum consultation activity
Additional consultation activity
Pre-application consultation (PAC) - general
Pre-application consultation (PAC) reports
Notices to owners and agricultural tenants

3. Making a Planning Application

Content of planning applications
Applications for planning permission
Applications for planning permission in principle
Further applications
Applications for approval of matters specified in conditions
Design Statements and Design and Access Statements
Applications requiring design or design and access statements
Preparation of statements
Advice and guidance on access
Considering the content of the statement

4. Processing Planning Applications

Schemes of delegation
Validation and acknowledgement of applications
Declining to determine applications
Neighbour notification and publicity
Lists of applications
List of extant applications
Weekly lists
Planning registers
Reports on handling
Requesting further information on applications
Variation of applications
Consultation on applications
Pre-determination hearings
Referral of applications to full council for decision
Notification to Scottish Ministers
Time periods for determination
Local reviews
Appeals to Scottish Ministers
Decision Notices
Notice of requirements for notices
Duration of planning permission
Marine Fish Farming Cairngorms National Park
Applications - National Security

5. Post Application Provisions

Notice of initiation of development
Notice of completion of development
Display of notice while development carried out
Certificates of lawful use or development

6. Processing Agreements

Use of Agreements
Preparing an Agreement
Form and Content of Processing Agreements

7. Superseded Circulars

8. Further Copies and Enquiries

Annex A Defining a Material Consideration

Annex B Pre-Application Consultation - Screening Process

Annex C Notices to Owners and Agricultural Tenants and Site Notices - Applications for the underground working and winning of minerals

Annex D Plans and Drawings

Annex E Declining to Determine Planning Applications

Annex F Pre-determination Hearing Procedures

Annex G Changes to the Regulations and Circular

Annex H Duration of Planning Permissions in Principle

Annex I Applications for Planning Permission Under Section 42 of the Act

Addendum to Planning Circular 3/2013: Development Management Procedures- Withdrawal of old and superseded Circulars