When planning permission is required
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.
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 or a use of land does not require planning permission you can submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development/Use to Aberdeen City Council. More information about this can be found on Sections 7 and 8 of the Development Management Validation Standards booklet.
Certificate of Lawfulness applications can be made here
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.
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.
It can depend on factors such as if the property a flat or a dwelling house, as well as its dimensions, location in the garden, overall size and its distance from the property boundary. Further information can be found in the Scottish Government's guidance on householder permitted development rights on pages 43-46 and 58-60.
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.
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.
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.