The planning department is located at: Town Hall, The Parade, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LW. We are open during normal Council office hours, Monday to Friday.  We can be contacted through the Council's main phone number: 0300 1234 105. 

Please note that the IT systems are currently being upgraded and there may be disruption to phone calls and emails. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but please call Andrew King on 01720 424457 or Lisa Walton on 01720 424456 if you need to speak to us.

For enquiries, or to view a current planning application or a copy of the Local Plan, please contact us by email: 

There is one Planning Officer on the Islands, this is currently Lisa Walton.  An appointment will be required to speak to the Planning Officer, this can be arranged via the contact details above, otherwise, please call the Council's main reception on 0300 1234 105  which will be a local rate number.

The Planning Department discharges the Council's statutory planning and related duties and plays a key role in managing competing pressures to allow a viable and sustainable community to thrive on the Isles of Scilly. There is a balance to e struck between protecting our unique environment and allowing sufficient development to house local people and enable the economy to prosper and diversify. The purpose of planning after all is to effectively manage development and the use of land on behalf of the communit.

You can find out more about the new Draft Local Plan (2015-2030) or our Current Local Plan (2005) by clicking on the respective links on the left of this page under Local Plan.

You can find out about the Planning Application Process and a list of Current Planning Applications by clicking the links on the left under Planning Permission.

The department reports to the Full Council Committee and is responsible for upholding the Isles of Scilly Local Plan, determining planning applications and making decisions that conserve and preserve the AONB and preserve or enhance the conservation area and the important natural and historic environments. As well as directly consulting with the community, there is ongoing dialogue on the islands with local organisations such as the AONB PartnershipDuchy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and with national agencies such as the Environment Agency, Historic England and Natural England to ensure that all decisions are fully informed

For the national planning context please visit the Planning Portal. The Planning Portal provides a guide detailing information on all aspects of the planning process. You can submit your planning application online from the Planning Portal website.

The Department of Communities and Local Government have published a Plain English Guide to the Planning System which gives a good overview of the English planning system and how it works.

A list of locally set fees and charges for services offered by the department can be found here. Planning application fees, however, are not set locally but are set nationally by Central Government. The latest planning fees can be found here. Planning Fees increased nationally by 20% on 17th January 2018Information on how to make payments can be found by clicking this link.