Householder permitted development rights: guidance
This guidance has since been superseded by Householder permitted development rights: guidance (Updated 2021)
the 1992 Order
the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992, as amended. The main amendments for the purposes of householder development are:
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Domestic Microgeneration) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Domestic Microgeneration) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011
any word, letter, model, sign, placard, board, notice, awning, blind, device or representation, whether illuminated or not, in the nature of, and employed wholly or partly for the purposes of, advertisement, announcement or direction (excluding any such thing employed wholly as a memorial or as a railway signal), and includes any hoarding or similar structure or any balloon used or adapted for use and anything else used, or designed or adapted principally for use, for the display of advertisements.
a consent granted for the display of an advertisement by either the express consent of the planning authority or Scottish Ministers in accordance with the provisions of The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (Scotland) Regulations 1984 or deemed to be granted in accordance with part IV of the same regulations.
has the meaning given in section 83(1) of the Environment Act 1995.
a direction, usually made by a planning authority and approved by Scottish Ministers, where in a particular area, particular permitted developments rights are not applicable.
air source heat pumps.
a platform, enclosed by a wall or balustrade, projecting outward from the external wall of a building, with access from an upper floor window or door.
an area of special architectural or historic interest [the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance] designated under Section 61 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.
Conservation Area Consent
consent granted under the above mention that for demolition of an unlisted building within a conservation area.
a class of development to which permitted development rights apply because planning permission is granted by the 1992 Order.
curtilage is not defined in the 1997 Act or 1992 Order but it is accepted to mean land which is used for the comfortable enjoyment of a building and which serves the purpose of that building in some necessary or reasonably useful way. It need not be marked off or enclosed in any way. Normally the curtilage would relate to the property boundary of the dwellinghouse.
means the production of electricity or heat for domestic consumption using microgeneration equipment.
a residential property, not including a building containing one or more flats, or a flat contained within such a building.
the height of the eaves should be measured at the base of the external wall of the extension to the point where the external wall would meet (if projected upwards) the upper surface of the roof slope. Parapet walls and overhanging parts of eaves should not be included in any calculation of eaves height.
any development that increases the internal volume of the original dwellinghouse and includes a canopy or roof, with or without walls, which is attached to the dwellinghouse, but does not include a balcony.
Enlargement for flats
means any development that increases the internal volume of the original building, and includes a canopy or roof, with or without walls, which is attached to the building but does not include a balcony.
means solar photovoltaics or solar thermal equipment which is not installed on a building.
Free-standing wind turbine
means a wind turbine which is not installed on a building.
means a separate and self-contained set of premises whether or not on the same floor and forming part of building from some other part of which it is divided horizontally.
an elevation which face onto a road.
General Permitted Development Order ( GPDO)
a statutory instrument granting permitted development rights.
a building of special architectural or historic interest included in a list compiled or approved by the Scottish Ministers under Section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997, any object or structure fixed to the building or which, while not fixed, forms part of the land within its curtilage since before 1 July 1948 and still in that curtilage at the date of listing.
a list of listed building is available from Historic Scotland www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicandlistedbuildings.
consent granted under the above mentioned Act for demolition of a listed building, or alteration that would affect its character.
MCS Planning Standards
the product and installation standards for air source heat pumps specified in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme MCS 020(a).
means micro wind turbines.
has the meaning given in section 82(6) of the Energy Act 2004 which equipment with an output of up to 50 kilowatts of electricity or 45 kilowatts of thermal (heat) energy.
is the dwellinghouse as built or as it was on 1 July 1948 if it was built before then.
planning permission granted for certain classes of development by the 1992 Order. Also known as Permitted Development Rights ( PDR).
Permitted Development Legislation
permitted development rights are granted by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992, as amended. The 1992 Order grants planning permission for classes of specific types of developments, but most classes are subject to a set of limitations and conditions. The relevant pieces of legislation can be found on www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2011/357/contents/made.
the elevation of the original dwellinghouse which by virtue of its design or setting, or both, is the principal elevation.
the elevation of the original dwelling that is opposite its principal elevation.
as defined by section 151 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. A road is any way over which there is a public right of passage including its verge. A road is therefore not confined to only publicly adopted roads used by motor vehicles.
Road Construction Consent
a permission which must be obtained from the roads authority before constructing a new road or extending an existing road, in accordance with Section 21 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.
the elevation of the original dwelling linking the principal elevation with the rear elevation.
solar photovoltaics: which is equipment designed to convert energy from the sun into electricity.
means equipment designed to heat water using energy from the sun.
means a dwellinghouse situated in a row of three or more buildings used, or designed for use, as single dwellinghouses; and having a mutual wall with, or having a main wall adjoining the main wall of, the dwellinghouse (or building designed for use as a dwellinghouse) on either side of it. It includes the dwellinghouses at each end of such a row of buildings as is referred to.
the 1997 Act
the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended.
the 2006 Act
the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006.
land appearing on the World Heritage List kept under article 11(2) of the 1972 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
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