Planning and building services

Our teams are working to keep your applications progressing, however, there is likely to be a delay in responding to enquiries and dealing with your application. A number of temporary changes have been implemented.

  • We will no longer arrange any site visits or face to face meetings. We will communicate with you by email and telephone, where possible.
  • We will no longer accept paper applications, or paper submissions of additional information. Please use the portal to submit all applications and paperwork. Additional information relating to an existing application should be submitted using the post submission form.
  • Please use the portal to make payments relating to your application, at the time of submission. For additional payments, if you have an internet banking facility, you can make a payment to our bank account to pay the required fee. It is essential you quote the application reference number.

Account name: North Lanarkshire Council General Fund Account

Sort code: 83-07-06

Account number: 11627156

If you not have internet banking, please email with your contact details and we will get in touch with you to take a card payment. We regret that there may be a delay in responding in the current circumstances.

  • The main focus of our building standards team is currently in supporting the emergency services and maintaining safety in our built environment.

Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill became an Act on 7 April 2020, and has implications for our planning service.

Planning permission that would otherwise lapse in the next six months will be extended by one year to allow work to start once the current restrictions are lifted.

Public authorities are not required to physically publish or publicise documents or make documents available for physical inspection, for example in libraries and council offices, where this may lead to a significant risk of transmission of coronavirus. 

Guidance on pre-application consultations for public events (published 27 April)

The Scottish Government has published pdf icon guidance on pre-application consultations for public events [122kb].

Pre-applications must be submitted for major developments of more than 50 homes, large retail developments and certain waste, water, transport and energy related developments. 

Protocol for determining planning reports (published 21 April)

A protocol has been agreed to deal with planning reports during the current coronavirus crisis while meetings of the Planning Committee have been stood down.

Applications to be considered

The Chief Executive, under emergency delegated powers, will be asked to determine applications or reports that would normally go to Planning Committee for consideration and which meet the following criteria:

  • Recommendation accords with approved planning policy (ie the adopted Local Plan), or
  • MSC application, or application to extend planning permission, where PPP or full planning permission already granted.


  • where the recommendation is to grant, the application has not received significant numbers of valid objections (ie no more than 15)

Applications which are considered to be more controversial, i.e. contrary to policy or attracting a large number of objections (when the recommendation is to grant), will be held over until arrangements are made for a committee meeting (the format of which will be subject to review if the current lockdown arrangement is extended for a prolonged period), unless there is an over-riding reason why a determination is required, ie delaying or deferring a decision would cause significant economic uncertainty to the applicant and/or the determination of the application will be of significant economic benefit to the local economy.

Other reports to be considered

Other reports, which do not involve determination of planning applications, may also be presented for delegated approval where the matter is considered to be urgent.  This could include approval of the Enforcement Charter, which requires to be reviewed and approved every 24 months; or approval to revoke planning permission.

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