Householder Permitted Development Rights

These pages provide guidance on the new householder permitted development rights that came into force on February 6, 2012.  They should be used in conjunction with the legislation.

Householder PD imageA home improvement project, such as an extension, should be carefully considered. The position, design and scale of householder developments can help maintain the character of neighbourhoods. They can also help to reduce the impact on the wider environment and local biodiversity.

Submitting a planning application gives an opportunity for the proposed development to be considered in the context of its local setting. However, considering applications for planning permission for minor and uncontroversial developments is not an effective or efficient way of regulating development.

Permitted development rights are granted so that many instances of small alterations and extensions can be carried out without the need to submit an application for planning permission. 

It is the owner’s responsibility for getting the relevant statutory approvals for the proposed householder development.  If you do not comply with the law, you may have to remove some or all of the work.  The most common requirements are detailed in the check list.  

Advice on common householder projects can be found through the:

  • Popular project type – this guides you to the relevant section of the circular
  • Circular – contains Scottish Government policy on the implementation of the legislation
  • Legislation - this is a link to the regulations that control householder developments
  • Presentation – a short presentation highlighting the main elements of the legislation

Planning authorities can offer advice on how the rules apply in specific circumstances. They can also help in understanding the process and requirements.