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Planning and Building Standards

Comment on a planning application

Find out how to comment on planning applications.

Before you start

  • you need to register to make a comment.
  • you have 21 days to comment on live planning applications
  • you can comment on local developments until the closing date
  • you can comment on major developments until the date of the decision meeting

What you can comment on

  • compliance with the Local Development Plan
  • sustainability
  • appearance
  • impacts on surroundings
  • planning and economic benefits
  • availability of service
  • need
  • overlooking/loss of privacy 
  • the potential for noise disturbance
  • overshadowing/loss of light
  • detrimental environmental impact

What you cannot comment on

  • personal interests
  • ownership
  • loss of property value
  • obstruction of views
  • the potential for disruption during construction


Registering also allows you to:

  • save searches
  • track applications
  • get email updates when an application status changes
  • save an area or street and get email alerts when someone makes an application

How to view other comments

You cannot view comments or objections online. You can view this information at our planning office.

The Scottish Government may publish this information online if the application goes to appeal.

What happens next?

We look at comments when making the planning decision. We'll let anyone who makes a comment what the decision is.

Third parties don't have the legal right to appeal against planning decisions.


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