When planning permission is required

Planning permission is not required to alter the interior of a building. However, if it is a listed building, Listed Building Consent will be required if the alterations are considered by the Planning Authority to affect the building’s character. If you are unsure, please contact us

Legislation allows for some development to take place without the need for planning permission. Such development is defined 'permitted development'. For detailed guidance of permitted development in flats and houses, please read the Scottish Government's guidance on householder permitted development rights booklet.

Please note there are a small number of properties in Aberdeen where ‘permitted development rights’ have been removed, which means that alterations to the exterior and within the grounds of these properties always needs planning permission. The most significant examples where this is the case is an area of Kingswells and Burnbanks Village. Planning permission is always required for development to properties on the following streets in Kingswells:

  • Concraig Gardens
  • Concraig Park
  • Concraig Place
  • Concraig Walk
  • Derbeth Grange
  • Derbeth Manor
  • Derbeth Park
  • Derbeth Place
  • Derbeth Walk
  • Wellside Avenue
  • Wellside Circle
  • Wellside Close
  • Wellside End
  • Wellside Gardens
  • Wellside Park
  • Wellside Place
  • Wellside Road
  • Wellside Walk
  • Wellside Wynd

If you require a formal confirmation from the Planning Authority that works do not require planning permission you can submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development to Aberdeen City Council. 

For more information please read our development management validation standards booklet.


 

Please note that the answers to these questions are not applicable in the case of properties within the above noted streets in Kingswells and Burnbanks Village. If the building is listed, Listed Building Consent will be required separately for any alteration to a listed building, external or internal, that is considered by the Planning Authority to affect the building’s character. If you are unsure, please contact us[link to https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/planning-and-building/contact-us-planning-and-building]. 


 

Changes of use of shops to flats/houses; hot food takeaways; restaurants and cafes; and office type uses such as a bank or building society all require planning permission. For more information see Use Classes and Permitted Changes of Use.

If the property is a flat (four-in-a-block properties are defined as flats), planning permission is required to put up an outbuilding in the garden.

If it is located within a conservation area or it is within the grounds of a listed building, planning permission is required if its built footprint exceeds 4sqm. Otherwise, it can depend on other factors such as its dimensions, location in the garden, overall size and its distance from the property boundary. siting, scale of the building and distance from the property boundary.

If you are unsure please contact us

If the property is a flat (four-in-a-block properties are defined as flats), planning permission is required to put up an outbuilding in the garden.

If it is located within a conservation area or it is within the grounds of a listed building, planning permission is required if its built footprint exceeds 4sqm. Otherwise, it can depend on other factors such as its dimensions, location in the garden, overall size and its distance from the property boundary. siting, scale of the building and distance from the property boundary.

If you are unsure please contact us

Planning permission is not required to:

  • Replace a window of the same size in a flat or house that is neither listed nor located within a conservation area. 

Planning permission is required to replace a window if:

  • The property is a flat and the size of the window opening would be changed.
  • The building is located within a conservation areas


If the property is a listed buildings, replacing a window will almost certainly separately require listed building consent even if it does not need planning permission.

If you are unsure, please contact us

 

 

You do not need planning permission to erect a TV aerial as long as it is solely for your own use.

The rules for domestic microgeneration have changed. Please see the Scottish Government Microgeneration Strategy or contact us

Planning permission is required if:

  • The property is a flat.
  • Construction work involves over 0.5 metres of excavation or infilling.
  • The verge to the footway has grass over 2.5 metres wide.
  • The driveway accesses a classified road.
  • The property is a listed building or is in a Conservation Area or
  • The driveway is between the house and the road and is neither made of a porous material nor designed to let water run off to a porous area within the grounds of the property.

Additionally consent from the Council's Roads Department will be required to form the dropped kerb. For more information see Regulations governing driveways

 

In the case of dwelling houses, if the height of any fence or other 'means of enclosure' (including a gate or wall) exceeds 2 metres in height, or 1 metre where it fronts a road; or the property is in a conservation area or the grounds of a listed building, then planning permission is required. For flatted properties, permission is required if the fence exceeds 1 metre in height within 20 metres of a road. For a property specific answer, please contact us.

In the case of dwelling houses, planning permission is required if the deck is forward of the wall forming the principal or side elevation where that elevation fronts a road; any part of the floor exceeds 0.5 metres in height; the combined height of the deck and any wall, fence balustrade or handrail exceeds 2.5 metres; or the dwelling house is in a conservation area; or it would be within or bound the curtilage of a listed building. Planning permission will always be required for flats. For a property specific answer, please contact us.

Planning permission is required for any tree works for trees that are in a Conservation Area or protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). For more information, see the Protected trees page, or download the leaflet below: 

No, you do not need to apply for planning permission in order to plant trees, but take care you are not planting in the vicinity where growing trees could damage foundations or deprive your neighbours of light. 


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