View a Planning Application

Please read the important notes below before you proceed further. In particular please be aware of the procedures relating to how we deal with your comments or representations on planning applications. 

I have read and understood the guidance below on the use of Public Access for Planning and wish to Proceed to the Online Planning Information Portal (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Information on the use of personal data can be found in the Comhairle Privacy Policy

Online Planning Information (Public Access)

The Comhairle as a Planning Authority has a statutory requirement to maintain a public register of planning applications.  Valid planning applications received by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are available on-line for public viewing.  The publication of planning information on-line aims to make the planning process more accessible, inclusive, transparent and efficient.  All of the information comes directly from the Comhairle’s planning application database, which is updated each working day.  The Comhairle online planning information system, which you may have used to keep to date with recent planning applications and which is used for consultation purposes, has been updated – follow the same links to the site but you will notice an improved service provision.

Once registered, you can view, track and comment on planning applications.  Please note there may be a few days delay between the Comhairle receiving an application and it being available to view online.

You can find out about new applications in your area by using the simple or advanced search.  Searches can be saved by clicking on the ‘Save Search’ button on the search results page.

If you select the option to be notified of new results matching your saved search criteria your search will be re-run automatically and new results will be added to your notification list.

If you track an application and the status of this application changes or a document is added to this application, it will be added to your notified application list.

Should you require any assistance with the new system please email

How we deal with your Comments or Representations

Scheme of Delegation

Criteria for making a valid representation

Comments or representations submitted in response to a planning application form part of the planning file and are available for public inspection at the relevant Comhairle Office. Following removal of personal data (signatures, e-mail addresses and personal telephone numbers) comments or representations are sent to the applicant for comment and can also be made available to the public on request. In assessing a planning application the Comhairle can only consider comments made on valid planning grounds.  These are called material considerations and some examples are listed below (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Contrary to the local plan/structure plan
  • Residential amenity (noise, overshadowing etc.)
  • Appearance (design, materials etc)
  • Drainage/infrastructure problems
  • Traffic, parking or access problems
  • Impact on natural or built environment

The terms of your representations or comments are summarised and included in any Committee Report or Report on Handling which will be published on-line.

Planning information and personal Data

We will take all reasonable precautions to protect personal data (e.g. e-mail address, telephone number and signatures), from accidental or deliberate loss or unauthorised disclosure.  If you have concerns over the display of your personal data on documents displayed on-line, then please contact the Planning Service on or the Comhairle Freedom of Information Officer or 01851 600 501. 

Planning Information that can be viewed On-Line

The planning documents to be displayed on the on-line portal will in the first instance include the planning application form, all plans, neighbour notification and land ownership certificate and in due course other documentation relative to the processing of the application including any Committee report or report on handling, decision notice and approved plans.  In addition to the above images, the following data relating to your planning application will be keyed into a casework database system and will also form part of the planning register available for public viewing online. This data is considered to be non-personal data and will typically include the following:


Planing Application Data
Application number & type

Case Status

Case Site Address & Postcode

Development description.

Applicant name & address

Agent name,  address & tel no.

Date consultation period expires

Decision level (Committee or Delegated)

Decision taken and Decision Date