Planning service covid service changes

Shetland Islands Council Planning Service is open for business and operating as normally as possible with staff currently working from both home and the office – please note the following:

  • We are now able to provide a Planning Duty Officer service at 8 North Ness between 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
  • In the instance that construction work continues, Applicants / Agents must still notify Building Standards of any inspection stages as per their CCNP. The relevant case officer will then contact you to agree arrangements to demonstrate compliance.
  • As the public inspection of documents at 8 North Ness is still not a requirement at this time, all information will continue to be made available to view online where possible.
  • We will be checking paper correspondence sent to 8 North Ness, but would encourage the use email and online facilities.
  • Applications can still be submitted via the ePlanning or eBuilding Standards Portals, and online for Marine Planning.
  • Wherever possible, please make payment for applications and warrants using credit/debit card via the Shetland Islands Council Secure 24hr Internet Payments Service under the section ‘Miscellaneous Items – Planning’. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact us using the relevant email address below.

The latest update on guidance and legislation in place during the Covid-19 pandemic that has been provided by the Planning Minister and Chief Planner on 8 November 2021 can be viewed at the following link:
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Two sets of regulations came into force on 30 March 2022: Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Temporary Modifications)(Scotland) Regulations 2022 ; The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provision) Amendment Regulations 2022 . Broadly, the two sets roll forward the current position with Coronavirus Modifications to Planning legislation (Duration of permission/ consent and pre-application consultation) for a further 6 months up to 30 September 2022. Where such duration of planning permission, listed building and conservation area consent would otherwise expire before the end of the specified ‘emergency period’ (now 30 September 2022), it is extended to the end of the ‘extended period’ (now 31 March 2023). In relation to applications for approval of conditions attached to a planning permission in principle, if the last date for making an application for an approval is within the emergency period, then the time limit for making such an application will be 6 months from the end of the emergency period. Further information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and planning can be viewed at the following link:
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Where possible please get in touch with individual officers by email. If you need to get in touch with our reception please phone 01595 744293 or you can email the relevant team, as below: