Do I need planning permission

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 East Ayrshire Council Planning Services and Building Standards before starting work.

In some instances development does not require planning permission. This 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 at  

Should you require further advice on the need for planning permission this can be obtained Further advice on the need for planning permission can be obtained by contacting the Planning Service on 01563 576790 or  We have a Duty Planning Officer available during opening hours who can discuss matters with you be telephone or at our reception desk at our offices.  Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4pm and we are based at The Johnnie Walker Bond, 15 Strand Street Kilmarnock KA1 1HU

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 website.

Further information and assistance is available below:

Contact Information

Planning & Building Standards
Telephone: 01563 576790
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