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Consulting SNH on planning and development

Find out how Scottish Natural Heritage engages with planning and development, and when you should consult us.

We’re committed to helping the Scottish Government and planning authorities to deliver a modern planning system – one that’s fast and inclusive, and which delivers sustainable economic growth.

Planners and developers can work out when to consult us using our checklist: How and when to consult Scottish Natural Heritage.

Detailed guidance

We also offer more detailed guidance for developers and planning authorities. Find out how best to engage with us at each stage of the development management process.

Service statement

Planning for Great Places - Our Planning for Development Service Statement outlines how we engage with the planning system to support our ambitions for connecting people and nature.

We will engage in greater depth where a proposal could have a significant impact on the quality and enjoyment of Scotland’s natural heritage.

View our other guidance:

Our Planning Performance Framework Annual Report 2017-18 provides information about our service and the measures we use to help us improve.