What is ePlanning?


The ePlanning portal is a free to use service that is managed by the Scottish Government in partnership with all Scottish local authorities. To use the portal, you will need to create an account.

The ePlanning portal allows you to complete and submit planning applications, notice of reviews, appeals and other permissions under plannning law. You are also able to upload documentation you have to support your application, buy and mark up a location plan and you also have the option to make an online payment for your application on the council's payment engine.

The site has help text available by clicking on the help icons  located throughout the site, and the support tab in the right hand corner of the website has user guides to assist you should you require it. 

How do I get started?


Once you have created your account and logged, in you can begin preparing your proposal. Follow the simple process which involves:

  • Choosing the proposed site location
  • Giving the proposal a name.
  • Selecting which application, review or appeal forms you want to submit (e.g. building warrant, completion certificate, etc.); and  
  • Sharing your proposal and application with anyone else who requires access (e.g. colleagues in your organisation, etc.).

Once you've done this, the next step is to start filling out your application form online.

Why should I use ePlanning?


Sending in your applications electronically is the most effective method for submitting planning applications.

  • Decisions can be made quicker because of being able to email and process them more quickly.
  • Users often manage a collection of proposals with a number of colleagues, or anyone they wish to view the application and often on behalf of clients. ePlanning Scotland provides advanced features to manage those tasks. Users can share access with each other so that each can contribute to filling in an application.
  • Agents can allow clients to view the application and if they want, send it in and pay for the completed application.
  • Users can register an organisation for their company, which allows all users within the organisation to share access, view and edit each users proposal within the organisation.

Can I still make an application using paper forms if I want to?


 If you need to use the paper forms, you can access them .

Please note not all all authorities accept paper forms. If you are submitting your application via paper there may be a slight delay as the processing time is longer than submitting it electronically. For more information please get in touch with your local authority.