Welcome to eDevelopment.scot


 

What is the eDevelopment Service? 

It's a free Scottish service that enables users to apply online for planning permission, building warrants, appeals, and a range of other forms, to their local and planning authority. It is open 24/7 and is managed by the Scottish Government in partnership with all Scottish local and planning authorities.

 

How do I get started? 

You'll need an account to get started. This is free and easy to do - just click on the 'Create an Account' button below.

Once you're set up, just scroll down to find out how to get started. If you need assistance you can download our user guide (below), or visit our Support tab located in the top-right corner.


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 LATEST NEWS:  

 

Support Desk - Current Status

While our Support Desk is open as usual (from 9am to 5pm on weekdays), we are working remotely and aren't currently able to answer calls. We are still able to offer assistance and would ask anyone requiring support to contact us either by email (edevelopment@gov.scot) or direct message us on twitter (@eDevelopmentSG). We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

It's now easier to find Help and Guidance on our site 

With the recent release of our latest service upgrade package (Development I) it's easier than ever to find Help on the site. Simply look out for our new 'Help' icons on every page on the site:  

 

Information regarding Local Authority payment arrangements due to COVID-19

Due to the current circumstances, many Authorities have changed how they accept payment through the eDevelopment.scot service.

While all Authorities still accept Credit/Debit card payments, only some are currently accepting payment by Telephone, Cheque, and/or the Client-to-Pay option. The available payment options for your Authority are shown on the 'Proposal Summary' page before you start your application. If you cannot pay using these methods, please contact your Authority (details available here). Please do not just change the fee to 'Zero' unless advised by your Authority - doing so without speaking to them may result in your application being considered 'invalid' and lead to delay. 


How do I use this service?

 

This site can be used to fill out forms online and make planning and building control applications directly to your authority. Making an application online is generally a quicker and easier process for both the applicant and authority than completing one on paper. 

The eDevelopment service has two portals:

  • eBuildingStandards
  • ePlanning

You can access these by clicking on the respective buttons on the menu to the left. 


 

Which portal do I need to use?


That depends on what you want to do.

As a quick guide, we would recommend that you visit the ePlanning portal to apply for:

  • Planning Permission,
  • Householder application,
  • Listed building consent,
  • Conservation area consent, 
  • Advertisement consent,
  • Tree works, 
  • Prior notifications, 
  • Certificates of lawfulness, 
  • Notice of review, 
  • Certain appeals, and
  • To submit other planning related forms.

You can visit the eBuildingStandards portal to apply for:

  • A Building Warrant,
  • An amendments to a Building Warrant,
  • Temporary occupation or use,
  • Notice regarding start of work,
  • Notice of work stages complete,
  • Completion certificate, and
  • To submit other building standards related forms.

Please bear in mind that in many instances, users will need to use both portals at various times. For example, you may need to use ePlanning to obtain planning permission or make a householder application for your development, and then use eBuildingStandards to apply for a building warrant and completion certificate.


 

How do I start an application?

 

You should be able to make an application in 6 steps:

 

1. Finding out what you need to apply for 

There are many things that you can apply for on this site, and knowing what you need is the first step. If you're not familiar with the planning or building application processes, you can find out more from mygov.scot.

Both the ePlanning and eBuildingStandards portals have a 'Which Form Wizard' that can help you find the form that you need to complete. The wizards can be accessed by going to the respective portal, and selecting the 'Which form Wizard' button on the left hand menu.

 

2. Go to the relevant portal 

First you'll need to log in. To get started on your application you will need to select either the ePlanning or eBuildingStandards buttons from the menu on the left-hand side of this screen.

 

3. Create a Proposal 

The first step in the process is to create a Proposal; this process  is the same in both portals. You can go to the 'My Proposals' page and click on 'New Proposal' (located right above the Active and Deleted tabs). This process will involve:

  • Selecting your site address by postcode, address, easting and northing, or map, and
  • Giving your proposal a name and brief description.

 

4. Select an application form 

Once your proposal has been created, you'll be able to add the application, review, or appeal form that you want to complete.

 

5. Fill out your application form, pay, and submit it 

You'll then be able to fill out your application form and upload any documents that you need to.

 

6. Pay for your application and submit it 

When you've filled out your form and are ready, you'll be able to pay for your application and submit it along with any supporting documents that you want to upload to the site. Although different authorities have different payment options, they all allow you to pay using a credit / debit card directly to your authority through this site. We'd recommend doing this if you can.

Once you've submitted your application, and we'll pass your forms and supporting documents along to your authority.


 

How can I find out the fee for my application?

 

In several ways.

  1. Both the ePlanning and eBuildingStandards portals have their own fee calculators - these can be accessed by going to the respective portal, and selecting the Fee Calculator from the left hand menu. By answering a few questions about what you're looking to apply for, the calculators can assist you in working out the cost of your application.
  2. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the calculated fees are correct, the resulting fee may not be exact. As all fees are paid directly to your authority (whether through the service or otherwise), they will determine on your application and also the fee.

We would always recommend checking the fee with your authority prior to submitting your application.

A list of authority contacts details is available here


 

Will I need a Location / Block Plan for my application?

 

You will need a Location or Block Plan for many Planning and Building applications. For more information on minimum requirements for location plans for planning applications plans click here.

If you do not yet have a plan, you can buy one through our approved suppliers.

We have chosen these suppliers because they:

  • use Ordnance Survey data,
  • offer a range of scales and plan types,
  • are competitively priced and easy to use,
  • offer dedicated customer service support, and
  • offer compliant plans for Scottish Planning and Building Standards applications. 

Just click on one of the logos below to go to a partner site to create and purchase a plan.

 

 Why choose UK Planning Maps?

  • Ordance Survey Location plans for your planning application.   
  • Preview free and download your plan 
  • Free paper copies with every order. 
  • Lowest prices online. 
  • Telephone helpline available 6 days a week for queries and orders.
   

Why choose emapsite?

  • Compliant plans for Planning and Building Standards applications.
  • Competititvely priced. 
  • Simple process for home users with video tutorials.  
  • Advanced tools for professionals.
  • Edit purchased plans at no extra cost.
   

Why choose thinkWhere?

  • Express service. 
  • Easy-to-use.
  • Online mark-up tools available.
  • Highly competitive pricing.
  • Free support for users.

 

Where can I get help if I need it?

 

1.  On this site

Assistance on using the service is available throughout the site:

  • Help in completing application forms is available throughout the site by clicking on the Help icons: 

          

  • User Guides are available at the top of the eDevelopment, ePlanning, and eBuildingStandards home pages.
  • The Support tab in the top right-hand corner of the website contains easy-to-follow guidance for common issues, and contact details for your Local Authority and our Support Desk if you need further assistance.

 

2.  You Local and Planning Authority

Assistance on the planning and building processes is also available from your local or planning authority:

  • Your Authority will assess and decide upon your application and some appeals. Many Authorities have an advice service to assist applicants and appellants.
  • If you have a technical question about an application or aren't sure what you want to do, as a general rule, we would always recommend that you speak to a planning / building control officer in your authority beforehand. Contact details for all Scottish Local and Planning Authorities are available here.

 

3.  Other websites

For further information about the Scottish planning and building standards processes, we would recommend the following links:

  • The Scottish Government websites, gov.scot and mygov.scot, both contain a host of information about the planning and building standards processes. 
  • The Building Standards Customer Journey explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work.
  • Planning Aid for Scotland (known as PAS) offer free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.
  • Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) have also provided guidance on the national standards for validation for planning applications, including information on what is generally required for a planning application to be valid. 
  • The Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) assesses and decides upon many appeals made through this site. More information about the appeals process is available here.