Proposed changes to planning regulations could remove the need to gain consent for the development of large operational farm buildings such as sheds and polytunnels.
Planning minister Kevin Stewart said the Scottish Government was reviewing permitted development rights and considering a move to remove the need for planning permission for certain types of rural development.
This would include small-scale developments such as the conversion of agricultural buildings into new homes and developments that help address climate change.
“I believe these reforms will help support work aimed at increasing the rural population, will support succession planning for farmers and will provide an opportunity for the planning system to positively contribute to the long-term sustainability of rural businesses and communities,” said Mr Stewart.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This will bring benefits for communities seeking rural housing solutions and agricultural businesses looking to grow and develop.”