Edinburgh Council is Scotland’s busiest planning authority, handling over 3,000 applications a year, in a city with internationally-valued built and natural heritage.
The Council is also the Statutory Addressing authority and responsible for the naming of streets in new development and the numbering of any new properties being created.
For both roles we are looking for individuals who are committed to delivering an efficient, effective and customer-focused service.
You will be responsible for handling a varied and challenging range of statutory duties for either the process of validation and handling of information for planning applications, or for naming streets, numbering properties and related services.
From 1 October 2022 retrospective planning applications will be subject to a 25% surcharge
Reduced fees: some fees for not for profit or social enterprises can now receive a 25% discount
Below is a summary of the changes:
A retrospective application is an application for planning permission for a development which has already commenced or has been completed without planning permission.
Retrospective applications often result from Enforcement enquiries but can also be the result of other factors. A surcharge on retrospective applications is being introduced to provide a means of recovering some of the costs of carrying out enforcement investigations.
From 1 October 2022, Edinburgh Council will be imposing the maximum 25% surcharge allowed by the regulations.
As an example, an average householder application for a summerhouse in retrospect, would mean the normal application fee of £300 plus a further 25% (£75).
If you are submitting a retrospective application, it is important that you highlight this at the time of submission.
The surcharge will not be calculated when an application is submitted on e-planning.scot. This is because e-planning is a national service which does not consider individual charges by local authorities. This will mean that the extra fee will be requested when your application is registered. If the required surcharge is not paid, your application will not be progressed to determination.
Starting immediately, Edinburgh Council will reduce the fee by 25% for applications which relates to development which
has the primary purpose of contributing to a not for profit or social enterprise
relates to development which is likely to contribute to improving the health of residents in the area to which the application relates.
Applications must meet both the above criteria to be considered for an exemption.
The amount levied will depend on the type of application. For example, a £300 fee would be reduced to £225.
The full statutory fee should be paid when the application is submitted. The Council will make a decision on receipt of an application as to whether a 25% reduction is applicable and will refund the applicant accordingly.
Prospective applicants should make clear in their supporting information if they are seeking a reduction in the application fee.
Clear justification should be given for why the applicant believes that a reduction in the fee is applicable.
The upgrade of the Planning and Building Standards Portal is complete and it is now back online. However, there is a problem with the mapping functionality and this is being worked on as a matter of priority. Customers will still be able to comment, search, view and track applications via the Portal. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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