Cairngorms National Park

View of Glen Isla, Caenlochan National Nature Reserve


The planning system in the Cairngorms National Park is managed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the five local authorities which operate in the Park - Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray and Perth & Kinross.

Planning in the National Park

All planning applications within the Cairngorms National Park are decided against the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan.

Find out more about the Local Development Plan

Planning applications in the National Park are decided by either the CNPA or the local authority that the application is made in. All planning applications are made to the relevant local authority, but the CNPA ‘calls in’ and determines the bigger and most sensitive applications. The rest of the planning applications (most planning applications) are determined by the local authority they were made to.

View the latest call-ins

Planning applications

Current applications can be viewed on the Planning Portal. To view these applications, you must read and accept the Terms and Conditions.

Planning advice

All planning applications in the National Park are decided against the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan and Supplementary Guidance prepared by the CNPA.

The CNPA also produces Cairngorms Planning Advice Notes that explain parts of the planning process.

Read further guidance

The CNPA Planning Service

The CNPA’s planning service helps get development in the right places in the National Park by promoting investment, by protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage and by creating places that we can all value and enjoy.

Planning Service Newsletter

We prepare a Planning Service newsletter 2-3 times a year which provides an update of what’s going on in the Cairngorm National Park’s Planning Service.

Planning Service Charter

Our Planning Service Charter explains more about our planning service and the levels of service you can expect from us.

Planning Service Protocol

Our Planning Service Protocol sets out the voluntary agreement between the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the five Local Authorities (Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray, Perth and Kinross) who all work together in the exercise of planning functions within and affecting, the Cairngorms National Park.

Planning Service Performance

We prepare a Planning Performance Framework Annual Report that shows how we improve our service each year.

Planning Committee

The CNPA Planning Committee meets every 4 weeks to determine planning applications which have been ‘called in’ or make decisions about the delivery of the CNPA’s planning service. View Planning Committee Papers


The CNPA and local authorities monitor the planning permissions they grant and have powers to enforce planning conditions if development does not comply with them and control development that takes place without the correct permission. The CNPA’s Planning Enforcement Register lists cases where enforcement notices have been served by the CNPA. Our Enforcement Charter sets out the standards for our enforcement service.

Cairngorms National Park Design Awards 2016

We want the Cairngorms National Park to stand out for the high quality design and construction of all its development.

The Cairngorms National Park Design Awards recognise and celebrate good design in the National Park and entry for the awards has now closed.