Planning guidelines

Planning guidelines give advice on topics to guide new development. 

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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.

Open Space 2021

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

Open Space 2021 is Edinburgh’s Strategy to protect, look after and expand the city's network of green spaces for the next five years. 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.

Planning help desk

The Planning Help Desk is currently closed due to the COVID-19 situation. However, you can still contact us by email