Apply for major development planning permission

Major developments

The processing of major development applications can be complex and involve more steps than smaller scale developments such as house extensions.

Pre-application screening opinion

If you are not sure if your development falls within the major or national categories you can complete a screening opinion and we will confirm which category your application will fall into.

Pre-application advice

If your development is a major development you should seek pre application advice in line with the Edinburgh development concordat. There is a charge for pre-application advice.

Pre-application consultation with communities

Proposals for national and major development need consultation with the community at least 12 weeks before an application being submitted. A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) must be submitted and approved by the Council.

Download forms and guidance for submitting major development planning applications - PDFs

Changes to pre-application consultation requirements set by the Scottish Government came into force 1 October 2022. The Town and Country Planning (Pre-Application Consultation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 updates the consultation requirements and places an 18 month time limit on the submission of applications after the PAN.