Planning permission

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.

In some instances you do not need planning permission for some types of development. This is known as permitted development. If you would like to know if your proposed work falls under permitted development you can check using the common projects section on the Planning Portal interactive guides and advice pages. Some of the common projects include:

  • Extensions
  • Conservatories
  • Porches
  • Garage conversions
  • Outbuildings
  • Loft conversions
  • Fences, gates and garden walls
  • Doors and windows
  • Patios and driveways
  • Decking

If you need more information or are unsure please contact our Duty Planning Officer or submit a pre-application form.

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