Do I Need Planning Permission?
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.
The planning system exists to make sure that new development does not affect the quality of life for local residents, and does not put a strain on local roads, schools and other services. West Lothian Council supports new development which is appropriate and will improve the choices and opportunities available for local residents.
The council's Development Management service deals with all planning applications.
Even if what you're proposing doesn't need planning permission, it will probably need a building warrant.
Please note, if your project does need planning permission and you do the work without applying for and receiving planning permission, the council is authorised to take enforcement action, up to and including taking direct action over an unauthorised development. If you carry out work without first obtaining planning permission you run the risk of having to make changes to your development, or of the council removing it.