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Check if you need planning permission
Before you apply for planning permission in Watford, you need to check what permission you need - and see if there are any conditions specific to your property.
You can check if your work needs planning permission on the Planning Portal website.
Validation checklist (local list)
Before submitting your planning application, please use our validation checklist (local list) to make sure you have everything you need. This will help you avoid delays!
Major or complex applications - applicant checklist
For larger or major developments, please use our applicant checklist.
Certain common home improvement projects don't need planning permissions.
This is called permitted development.
If your project is permitted development:
- you need to get building regulations for your permitted development
- you can apply for a lawful development certificate This confirms the work you've done is lawful and shows future buyers that developments are safe and officially approved.
Conservation areas and listed buildings
If you live in a conservation area or the property is a listed building, you may need to apply for planning permission - even if it's permitted development.
Article 4 directions
An Article 4 direction means that normal permitted development rights have been removed from a building or area.
You may need to apply for planning permission if an Article 4 direction is applied to a property
Get professional advice
You can save time and get planning application support with professional advice from Watford Borough Council