View and comment on planning applications

You can view and comment on planning applications using the Planning and Building Standards online service. Our guide to commenting on planning applications outlines how to ensure you make a valid comment.

Download the guide to commenting on planning applications (PDF, 158.8KB)

View and comment on planning applications

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The public can get involved in major development proposals before a planning application is submitted.

Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) also offers a free, impartial and confidential planning advice service, provided by specialist volunteers, all of whom are chartered planners.

What you can comment on

Comments which are relevant to planning issues, such as

  • traffic and parking
  • appearance of the area
  • impact on a conservation area
  • setting or character of a listed building
  • loss of significant landscape features
  • noise and disturbance
  • effect of cooking odours
  • loss of sunlight or daylight
  • overshadowing
  • privacy.

These are known as material considerations.

We cannot consider comments on non relevant planning issues, such as

  • loss of private view
  • effect of the development on property values
  • building regulation matters
  • racist remarks.

Your comments cannot be treated as confidential. Our privacy notice below sets out what happens to your details when you submit comments. You should note that your name, address and stance will be published on the public comments tab of the planning portal as soon as you make your comment.

Download the planning privacy notice (PDF, 50 KB)

We also have guidance on how to search, view and comment on applications. 

Download the guide on how to view and comment on planning applications (PDF, 532KB)

Planning help desk

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Address: Waverley Court,
4 East Market Street,

Telephone: 0131 529 3550