Apply for major development planning permission

Major developments

Major developments include

  • large housing proposals
  • big supermarkets
  • major roads 
  • railways.

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 your development falls within the major or national categories you can complete a screening opinion.

Submit a pre-application screening noitce

These are optional. 

Pre-application advice

If your development is a major development you should seek pre application advice.

For major developments in the east of the city including

  • Inverleith
  • Southside
  • Morningside
  • Leith
  • Waterfront 
  • Portobello

email major developments east.

For major developments in the west of the city including

  • the City Centre 
  • Murrayfield
  • Fountainbridge 
  • the area around the airport

email major developments west.

Pre-application consultation with communities

Proposals for national and major development require consultation with the community at least 12 weeks prior to an application being submitted. A proposal of application notice must be submitted and an advert placed in the local press.

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

Planning help desk

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