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Planning constraints

Planning constraints may apply to some properties and sites.

Always check if you need to apply for planning permission before starting any work.

You can ask us for general planning advice, find out if planning permission is likely to be approved or make a more formal enquiry about a major development before submitting an application.

Find out more about requesting planning advice

Removal of permitted development rights

Permitted development rights may have been removed from certain sites or properties. There are a number of reasons that general permitted development rights won't apply such as conditions attached to previous permission. You should check the conditions on any existing planning permission for the site.

Conservation areas

There are 36 areas in Dumfries and Galloway which are considered to have special architectural or historical interest. You need planning permission for any external alterations or extensions to houses in these Conservation Areas.

Listed buildings

There are over 3,400 buildings, objects and structures across Dumfries and Galloway which have been listed because they are considered to have special historical or architectural interest. You must have Listed Building Consent (and maybe planning permission too) before altering, extending or demolishing any part of a Listed Building inside or out.

Archaeological zones

Our region is rich in archaeology and there are over 22,000 known sites and historic buildings. We always need to consider the presence (and potential presence) of any archaeological assets when we make decisions on planning applications.

Tree Preservation Orders

Many individual trees, groups of trees or woodlands across the region are protected by Tree Preservation Orders if their removal would have a significant impact on an area. Permission is required for the felling or limbing of any protected trees.

Flooding zones

Across the region there are many areas that are at risk of flooding or regularly suffer problems with flooding. We are required to take account of the probability of flooding and the risks involved when determining planning applications.

Page last updated: 04/08/17