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Planning consultations, notifications and publicity

Pre-application consultation

Developers must consult with local communities before submitting a 'major' or 'national' development planning application. A proposal of application notice must be submitted to North Ayrshire Council, and relevant community councils. This must happen, at least 12 weeks, before submission of a planning application.

Download a pre application screening notice from the ePlanning website. We will respond within 21 working days of receipt.

Applicants should consult with the relevant bodies during pre-application including any local Community Councils in the area or adjoining area.

Applicants must report on the extent of their consultation.

The application then enters the normal notification process for 'local' developments.

Neighbour notification and publicity

'Local' developments don't need pre-application consultation, but enter the normal notification process involving:

  • notifying neighbours within 20 metres of the application site
  • advertisement in the local press if:
    • there are no neighbouring premises
    • it has not been possible to notify all owners and agricultural tenants
    • it relates to a bad neighbour development or the development is contrary to the Local Development Plan
    • the application affects conservation areas or listed buildings.

Make representations in support of, or against, a planning application. The period for making representations is 21 days from the date of the notice. 

Contact Planning



  • general enquiries about planning permission, phone 01294 324319 during office hours
  • Local Development Plan and planning policy enquiries, phone 01294 324763


Planning Services, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE

Please note: to meet with one of our team at Cunninghame House, please contact us to make an appointment. For your convenience, officers are available to meet with you at other locations within North Ayrshire.