Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and Updates

Updates on council services, latest news and information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Planning Applications

Information on planning applications including checking whether permission is needed, how to apply, view existing applications and planning enforcement.

Service changes during COVID 19 - Development Management

All members of staff of West Lothian Council's Development Management team are working remotely and are contactable using their normal email addresses. Although we will aim to provide as normal a service as possible, unfortunately some aspects of our work may not be the same as in normal operating times.

As a result of remote working, we can only respond to electronic enquiries at this time. We therefore strongly encourage you to submit any general development management enquiries by email to enquiries will be logged and passed to the appropriate staff member to respond to.

If you are looking for information on how to submit a planning application or a formal pre-application enquiry or have a current planning application which you would like an update on this can be obtained using the links further down this page.

If you wish to submit information in respect of a specific application this can be done through the planning portal or emailed, with the planning reference number, to

Unfortunately we will not be able to undertake visits to application sites in the same manner as we would normally. Where site notices would normally be displayed at a site, these can now be viewed in the individual application case files. Current notices are in place for the following sites : 


Case officers will therefore be in touch with applicants or agents to request photographs or consideration of other means of assessing the site and we would ask for your co-operation in facilitating such requests.

When the Covid-19 situation is deemed to be under control, it is anticipated that normal service will be resumed.

We appreciate your cooperation at this time.



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You will probably need planning permission if you want to build something new, alter a building or change the use of a building or land.
Please email to arrange a brief discussion on the proposals and outline of requirements.
Apply for planning permission, find out the planning fee and other consents which might be required.
View, object to or comment on a planning application.
How to submit a planning application and an application of the process.
We investigate and enforce alleged breaches of planning control.
Find out about the planning application process and how to seek a review or make an appeal.
The historic environment of West Lothian plays an important part in the quality and character of the area. Our historic environment includes listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments, archaeology and designed gardens and landscapes. The protection and enhancement of the historic environment is important in order to enable all of us, and future generations, to value and enjoy it

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