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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 a list of bodies (PDF, 52kb) during pre-application. Not all will be appropriate in each case.

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




For all general enquiries about planning permission, please telephone 01294 324319 during office hours.

For planning permission related enquiries, choose from the following numbers:

  • North Coast (West Kilbride, Fairlie, Largs, Cumbrae, Skelmorlie): 01294 324320
  • Three Towns (Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston): 01294 324794
  • Isle of Arran: 01294 324316
  • Irvine: 01294 324318
  • Kilwinning & Garnock Valley (Dalry, Kilbirnie, Beith): 01294 324313

Please leave your name, your contact telephone number and brief description of your enquiry as clearly as possible.

We aim to return calls on the same or next working day.

For Local Development Plan and all other planning policy enquiries, please email LDP@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone 01294 324763


Letters can be posted to the following address:

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

Please note: If you wish to meet with a member of our team at Cunninghame House, please contact us and make an appointment beforehand. For your convenience, officers are also available to meet you at any location within North Ayrshire.

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