Always check if you need to apply for planning permission before starting any work.
Once you know that planning permission is required, we can provide advice on whether a development is likely to be approved or not before submitting an application.
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.
Fife has 48 conservation areas. More than 7 percent of the total in Scotland 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.
Fife has over 6,200 Listed Buildings, which is close to 10% of Scotland’s total number of entries on the statutory list 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.
Fife possesses a rich variety of archaeological remains, which are a physical record of thousands of years of human development and activity. These archaeological remains are a fragile and non-renewable resource that our Council is committed to preserving and enhancing.
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.
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.
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