Apply for planning permission
Planning is concerned with how a development looks, fits in with its surroundings, its effect on the local neighbourhood, community, traffic and the historic and natural environment. You need planning permission as an authorisation to do a development work.
Planning permission is different from building warrant. To carry out work legally, you usually need both.
There are some things that you need to know before applying for a permission:
- Check if you need planning permission
- Deciding who will make your application
- What you need to provide
- Application fees
- How to apply
Please note that this process is slightly different if you are applying for planning permission for major developments.
If planning permission is required, you will need to decide who is making the application. This can be yourself or a suitably qualified professional acting on your behalf such as:
- Architectural technician
- Surveyors or planning consultant
- Building engineers or contractor
- Company specialising in conservatories, windows and doors
You can find an architect in your area on the Architects Register website.
For complex local developments, we would recommend you to use our Planning Processing Agreement (PPA). This project management tool will help you identify key processes, information you need provide and timescales.
We need you to provide the relevant documentation for your proposed works with your application:
- Land Ownership Certificate (signed by all owners or agricultural tenants of land relating to the application)
- Environmental Impact Assessment (if your proposal is likely to have an impact on the environment)
- Supplementary documents
You need to pay the appropriate fee when submitting the application otherwise we can't process it.
You can pay in different ways:
- online through the ePlanning portal
- by telephone with a debit or credit card
- by post, by sending a cheque (payable to Aberdeenshire Council) with your application to our correspondence address
You can apply for most types of planning applications online using the national ePlanning portal. If you are not sure which form you need use the forms wizard.
Please note that some forms can be found on the ePlanning portal but can only be submitted in paper. These are:
- Pre-application screening notice
- Proposal of application notice
- Modification or discharge of planning obligations
- Marine fish farm application form
- High hedges form
- Appeals notice form guide