With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not).
Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). The general advice is to always discuss your proposals with our Planning Service and Building Standards before starting work.
In some instances development does not require planning permission. This is referred to as 'permitted development'. In 2012 the Scottish Government extended the types of work that can be undertaken at domestic householder properties without the need for planning permission. An easy read guide to householder permitted development rights can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.
Further advice on the need for planning permission can be obtained by contacting the Planning Service. We have a Duty Planning Officer available during opening hours who can discuss matters with you by telephone or at our offices. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4pm.
Should you wish formal confirmation that your proposed works are permitted development you may apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness from the Scottish Government’s eplanning website. Forms and guidance notes can also be downloaded at the ePlanning.scot website.
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