The development will see the former Focus unit next to Tesco at the Inshes Retail Park converted into a garden centre.
Dobbies and Tesco are looking to combine trhough one shared customer entrance facility, in the second development of its kind. The first Dobbies/Tesco joint development is planned for Kings's Lynn in Norfolk.
Dobbies property director Stuart Wright said; "We have taken a geat deal of time to ensure we find the right site for the Inverness community and are pleased to be submitting an application for an exciting new destination at Inshes Retail Parik.
Our plans demonstrate a new way of Tesco and Dobbies working together to allow our customers to benefit from the strengths of each brand. People in Inverness will be able to enjoy an additional destination experience that the Dobbies centre will offer while customers are visiting Tesco to do their weekly shop."