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Do I need planning permission?
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Do I need planning permission?

To alter, extend, build or change the use of premises you may need to apply for planning permission

Advice and guidance

Planning Services can provide pre-application advice and guidance on development which needs approval from the Council, including:

For general guidance on the scope of advice we can provide, please send us an email call Planning including a dimensioned sketch drawing of proposals with a location plan. 

Please note that any guidance or advice we provide prior to the submission of a planning application is informal and is not binding on any decision subsequently taken by the Council.

Planning applications are determined in accordance with Local Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Permitted development Rights- Domestic

Not all alterations and extensions to domestic property need planning permission. Permitted Development Rights allow for a wide variety of extensions and alterations without the need to submit an application for planning permission.

These rights include alterations such as:

  • single storey ground floor extensions
  • front porches
  • access ramps
  • replacement windows
  • low level timber decking
  • driveways
  • heat pumps
  • CCTV cameras 

The Guidance on permitted development (PDF, 1.1mb) will help you work out whether you need planning permission. This guidance was updated on 1st April 2021. If you have any questions please contact us.

Even if planning permission is not required, there are other permissions that may be required such as:

Permitted Development Rights – non-domestic, agricultural, forestry and commercial developments

There are a wide variety of other Permitted Development Rights which are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (as amended) (GPDO). For site specific advice, please email us.

Certificates Of Lawfulness

Apply for a 'Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use' as written confirmation your development is 'Permitted Development'. This is a legal document for which there is a fee. 

Contact Planning

Email

eplanning@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Telephone

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

For Development Management (planning permission enquiries) only, choose from the following numbers:

  • North Coast (West Kilbride, Fairlie, Largs, Cumbrae, Skelmorlie): 01294 324794 or 01294 324320
  • Three Towns (Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston): 01294 317285
  • 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.

One of our planning team will call then you back to discuss your enquiry. 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

Address

Please do not visit Cunninghame House at the present time. Letters can be posted to the following address:
Planning Services, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE