What plans do I need?

In addition to completing your application form you are required to submit drawings.

All drawings must meet the following criteria:

  • All documents must be legible, accurate and measurable
  • The plans should be to a metric scale and have a scale bar on each drawing
  • Imperial drawings and measurements are not acceptable.
  • If a drawing says "do not scale" it will be rejected.  The plans need to be fit for the planning purpose and we must be able to scale accurately from the drawings submitted.
  • Signatures and dates, where required, are essential
  • One copy of coloured paper plans are normally all that is required.  We will contact you if we require additional plans.  This may be the case for an Environmental Impact Assessment and Wind Turbine applications.  All sets must be coloured
  • All location and block plans must conform to certain criteria (see publication below)

The following drawings are required for each application:

  • Location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 which clearly identify the site in relation to neighbouring land.  The site boundary must be outlined in RED.
  • Block plan or site plan at a scale of 1:500 or 1:200 which shows existing and proposed buildings, car parking, access, turning areas where the proposed change involves any groundworks within the curtilage of the building..
  • Existing floor plans and elevations (if applicable) at a scale of 1:100 or 1:50
  • Proposed floor plans and elevations at a scale of 1:100 or 1:50.


A guidance document is available on the Heads of Planning Scotland website which is designed to assist you through the process of submitting your application.

Please note that we may request additional information depending upon the characteristics of your application.  If you submit your plans electronically you do not need to send us a paper copy as well.

You should not copy any drawings or plans from our website for your own use. 



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