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Search, view and track planning applications

What applications are available to view online?

North Ayrshire Council maintains a planning register online. This register contains information on:

  • ongoing applications awaiting a decision
  • closed applications where a decision has been made

Sometimes the term determination is used when referring to planning decisions. This refers to the process of considering a planning application and can include a period of consultation prior to a decision being made.

Paper copies of planning applications are also available for public inspection at the Planning Reception, Cunninghame House. Alternatively, you can track public notices on the Tell Me Scotland website.

The 'List of Applications' that the Council is required to maintain and publish is in accordance with Regulations 21 and 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

How long are planning applications available to view?

Applications are available to view from registration, through determination and for a further 3 months. Once this period has expired you will still be able to view the planning decision online but not the detailed documents associated with the application. Requests to make application details available online outwith this three month period can be made by contacting us.

If an appeal is lodged the application documents may be made available online.

The Online Planning Information System (OPIS)

We publish information relating to planning applications on the Online Planning Information System (OPIS). This facility allows anyone to search, view, track and comment on planning applications in North Ayrshire.  

Search for applications and appeals

You can search by various criteria including:

You can also perform an advanced search which will match applications and appeals with information relating to:

  • reference numbers
  • application details
  • dates

The benefits of registering with OPIS

You can use OPIS without registering. However there are a number of benefits to registration including being able to:

  • track applications
  • save searches
  • submit comments
  • email notifications about tracked applications and new search results

When you register you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • title
  • first name
  • surname
  • email address
  • password (minimum 5 characters)

You will also be asked to abide by our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

A confirmation email will then be sent to you which will enable you to login and update your profile by adding your address and telephone number.

Commenting on applications

Once registered you can make comments on applications currently being considered. You can do this by searching for an application and clicking on the ‘make a comment’ box. Your comments will be made available online immediately after submission. Please note that comments can only be made on material grounds. We will not publish obscene or defamatory comments.

See our commenting on applications page for further information.

Notifying you of applications and appeals

OPIS can help notify you of new applications meeting your search criteria and keep track of changes in the status of current applications.

Saving searches

If there are applications that you would like to monitor or return to at a later date, you can save your searches by clicking on the 'Save Search' button on the search results page. Saved searches can be re-run automatically and you can opt to be notified via email of any new applications matching your criteria. These will appear in your notified application list.

Tracking applications

If you track an application and the status of this application changes or a document is added to this application it will be added to your notified application list.

Privacy Policy

The Council's website privacy policy sets out the Council's handling of information in relation to its website and the Data protection Act. The Council has also set out a privacy policy specific to the electronic handling of planning applications and this should be viewed in conjunction with the main policy text. 


In using these web pages you agree with and accept the following copyright disclaimer relating to plans, drawings and other material that may be available on this site. "Plans, drawings and other material submitted to North Ayrshire Council are protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (section 47). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner."

Planning register

The Register includes those applications which appear in both Part I, that is, those applications not finally disposed of (decided by being either approved or refused), and Part II, that is, those determined (being either approved or refused) by the Council. Please note: once the period for a challenge to a decision has passed and the application has been finally disposed of, the application will no longer be published on these web pages. This is to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

The complete, historic Planning Register is available for viewing at the offices of the Planning Authority at Cunninghame House, Friars Croft, Irvine, KA12 8EE between the hours of Monday to Thursday 9am to 4:45pm and Friday 9am to 4:30pm.

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