Planning guidance

Planning guidance give advice on topics to guide new development. The guidance answers a lot of commonly asked questions, including for

  • householders
  • listed buildings
  • businesses

View planning guidance - PDFs

Planning quick guides

Our range of quick guides provide short introductions to a wide range of topics, including for

  • windows
  • house extensions
  • sheds and incidental buildings

View planning quick guides

Edinburgh design guidance

The Edinburgh design guidance sets out our expectations for the design of new development, design of streets and parking standards in Edinburgh.

Use this guidance as a basis for the planning and design of new development proposals and for all street design. It is a material consideration in assessing planning applications.

Planning application guidance on flooding

The Council has statutory duties to reduce the risk of flooding. As part of these duties the Council must not permit development which has the potential to increase flood risk. View a range of flood risk guidance

Sustainable rainwater management

We also have a range of guidance on sustainable rainwater management. From an individual householder, to a major developer, we all need to consider where rainwater should go. This guidance was commissioned to address the practical application of the Vision for Water Management in the City of Edinburgh.

Open space strategy

Green spaces that are well cared for and well connected matter for our health, wildlife and economy.

Edinburgh’s Open Space Strategy to protect, look after and expand the city's network of green spaces. It is based upon an Open Space Audit.

The Strategy should be referred to for all developments that affect existing open space or give rise to the need for new open space provision.

Green blue network 

An integrated Green Blue Strategic network has been created by the Council. The aims are to

  • Bring together information the Council and key stakeholders hold on environmental green-blue and active travel assets 
  • Look at other environmental data 
  • Analysis and use the data sets to identify better linkages for nature, water and people movement
  • Safeguard the existing network from unwanted development 
  • Support and inform future planning and investment decisions

For a full copy of the document contact planning@edinburgh.gov.uk

Planning help desk

The Planning Help Desk is currently operating as an email service. You can contact us at