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Making a planning application

Guidance and information relating to planning permissions and associated consents.

These pages will guide you through the application process. They contain all the information you need to make your application including what needs permission, how to submit and application and what happens when you receive a decision notice.

Please note that for sites located within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area, the National Park is the planning authority.  This means planning enquiries and applications should be made to them directly.  More information is available on the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park website.  Perth & Kinross Council is the planning authority for the part of our area that also lies within the Cairngorms National Park. Enquiries and applications within that area should be submitted directly to us. We will refer to the Cairngorms National Park development plan when considering such proposals.

A quality submission will greatly reduce the time it takes for an application to be reviewed, validated and processed.  Guidance is provided in our application submissions checklists. Many applicants use an agent to help with their submission. This can be a chartered planner, a planning consultancy, an architect or an architectural technician, all of whom are likely to charge for their services. An alternative would be PAS(Planning Aid Scotland), an independent charity which offers free, impartial and confidential planning advice, provided by staff and volunteers all of whom are chartered planners. Visit the PAS website for more information. 

Applications should be submitted online wherever possible.  

Submit applications online

Notes for all submissions:

  • Ensure plans and drawings for online applications are submitted as individual, single page PDFs, are clearly titled and otherwise in line with the relevant application checklist and are correctly orientated.
  • Ensure other supporting information (PDF) [119KB] , reports or studies are clearly titled, free from personal data which would require redaction (such as signatures or personal email addresses) and, where sensitive information is included (eg protected species surveys), redacted and a non-redacted versions are supplied.
  • Failure to meet these basic requirements may result in your submission being considered not competent and is likely to prevent validation.  If your submission is invalid, we will tell you what you need to do and give you 21 days to correct it.  If you do not provide all the information requested within that time, we will return your application.  You would then need to start the application process again. 

When submitting an application please add and to your email address book to avoid subsequent messages being directed to your spam folder.

Pre-application services

We offer pre-application services to all applicants and agents looking to make a planning application within Perth & Kinross.

Submitting an application

Help and guidance on how to submit an application.

Application process

Find out what happens to your application once it's been received and who's involved in the decision process.

Major planning applications and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)

Guidance notes and information for the submission of a major or national planning application and any application accompanied by an Environmental impact assessment

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