Do I need planning permission?
As a general guide, you need planning permission for new buildings, major alterations to existing buildings and to change the use of buildings or land.
If you intend to start work on property or land that you own, it's your responsibility to seek out the necessary approvals, permissions and consents required. If you go ahead without permission, you may end up having to put things back to how they were.
The Planning Portal has lots of information covering a wide range of common household projects and the guidance covers both planning permission and building regulations rules.
- Larger household extensions prior notifications / neighbour notification scheme - Legislation changed on 25th May 2019 in respect of the deadline by which all extensions allowed under the Neighbour Notification Scheme or Prior Notification for larger householder extensions can be built (Part 1 Class A of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted development) Order 2015). This change removes the requirement for all such extensions to be completed on or before 30th May 2019. In addition the requirement for the developer to notify the Council of the completion of the development is removed. Where the prior notification process has already successfully been completed and works have either not yet started or will not be likely to be completed by 30th May 2019, this change in legislation effectively allows the extension to be build with no time restriction.
- Garage conversions
- Loft conversions
- Fences, gates and garden walls
- Doors and windows
- Patios and driveways
- Please try the interactive house for visual guidance on permitted development and many common householder projects.
If you need more information or are unsure we have a duty planning officer available for pre-booked 15min appointments on Mondays between 10am and 12.20pm. Appointments are available over a rolling 2 week period and can be booked by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 01923 226400.
The duty planner can discuss general planning issues and offer informal guidance on householder extensions and small scale changes to premises. This is without the benefit of site visits or taking into account external factors such as neighbour and interested parties views. Please note the following queries that should not be booked for the duty planner:
- Anything involving creation of a new dwelling (conversion to flats etc) - submit a Pre-application
- Internal works other than change of use - contact Building Control
- Concerns about another property - contact Enforcement
- Advice on a current or decided application - contact the Case Officer, you can find out who this is using this link
- The council do not advise on the Party Wall Act
- An opinion on whether an application would be acceptable - submit a Pre-application
- If you require a written response - submit a Pre-application