Do I need planning permission?

Do I need planning permission?

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

Permitted Development

Find out about permitted development below.

What is permitted development?
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 In some cases, permitted development rights can be withdrawn or modified: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.

Interactive guides

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.

Interactive guide for detached house
Click the picture below to view the interactive guide.
Interactive guide for semi-detached and terrace
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Interactive guide for flat and shop
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Other interactive guides
There are also interactive mini-guides for some common projects listed below:

Common projects

What next?

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.

Check if other forms of consent are needed
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.