Scottish Government Review of Permitted Development Rights - Phase 3

Closed 23 Aug 2023

Opened 31 May 2023

Feedback updated 28 Mar 2024

We asked

The public consultation sought views on proposed legislative changes to permitted development rights (PDR) - Phase 3, which focussed mainly on domestic and non-domestic renewables equipment, thermal efficiency improvements and electricity network infrastructure.

You said

467 responses were received, of which 104 were from groups/organisations and 363 from members of the public.  An Independent analysis of responsesand, where permission has been given, the consultation responses are available to view. 

We did

The responses, together with the analysis report, have informed and shaped the Scottish Ministers' approval of the Scottish Statutory Instrument, laid before the Scottish Parliament on 28 March 2024.   

Subject to Parliamentary scrutiny, the legislative changes are intended to come into force on 24 May 2024. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2024 (

The changes introduced by the Order are intended to help support:

  • deployment of domestic and non-domestic renewables equipment, such as solar panels, wind turbines and heat pumps.
  • alteration/replacement of windows to improve energy efficiency.
  • roll-out of electricity network infrastructure.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government is carrying out a review of permitted development rights (PDR) as part of our wider planning reform programme. The PDR review is being taken forward in phases, with each phase focussing on specific development types. Phase 3 of the review considers PDR in relation to renewables equipment, thermal efficiency improvements, development by electricity undertakers, reverse vending machines and the temporary use of land for shooting ranges.  Read the consultation paper

Why your views matter

Consultation and feedback is an essential part of the policy making process.  Comments will inform the development of final proposals, which will be brought into force through regulations which the Scottish Government aims to lay in the Scottish Parliament later this year.


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