To advocate for community voices within the heritage and planning sectors, we comment on nationally-significant planning issues and produce helpful guidance for local civic groups.

We support local groups with guidance on how to comment on planning applications, handle conservation area management, manage new development in historic settings and more. Over the past 40 years, the Scottish Civic Trust and our affiliated local groups have taken an active interest in the quality of development across Scotland. Well-informed independent opinion plays an important role in planning and we strongly encourage you to make sure local voices are heard!

In addition to our planning guidance, we produce policies that local civic organisations can use in their work to tackle the big issues of our time, such as the Climate Crisis. Please feel free to adapt our policies and procedures yourself if they suit! Every building and organisation is different, so you may need to tinker with the wording to make sure it works for you.

See our above guidance pages to get started. If you have a question that isn’t answered by this information, please drop us a line: or 0141 221 1466.