Do I need planning permission?

Find out whether you need planning permission for your proposal and what to do next.

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Please note: if you are seeking formal confirmation as to whether your proposal would require planning permission you will need to submit a Pre-application enquiry or Lawful Development Certificate.

We are unable to provide advice on permitted development in any other way.
Find out about permitted development below.

Under regulations issued for England by the government, it is possible to carry out certain changes to your home without any need for planning permission, they are referred to as ‘Permitted Development Rights’. In some cases, permitted development rights can be withdrawn or modified:
  • locally by conditions attached to planning permissions
  • if a property is subject to an Article 4 Direction
  • within a conservation area, listed building or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Flats and maisonettes are not subject to the same permitted development rights as houses. Alterations and extensions to flats and maisonettes may often require planning permission.

To find further information on permitted development click here.
The Planning Portal have produced interactive guides setting out permitted development rights, click on the images underneath the titles below to open them or for common projects try the mini-guides.

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There are also interactive mini-guides for some common projects listed below:
If you have checked the permitted development limits and are still uncertain whether you will need planning permission or if you would like us to check then try our ‘Do I Need Permission?’ pre-application enquiry to get an informal answer. This type of enquiry can be submitted for domestic and non-domestic proposals.

To find out more and apply for Pre-Application Advice click here.

To download the Pre-application enquiry form click here.
 
If your project falls within permitted development you can then start work. Proposals outside of Permitted Development will need planning permission.

To start work please click here. 

To learn more how to apply for a planning permission click here.

For information on the planning application process click here.
With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) is responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations regardless of whether approval is required. The following responsibilities sets out general advice that may be applicable to a variety of common projects: Please note: Building Control is a separate department to planning.
 
For queries regarding building control and building regulations approval click here.