Do I need planning approval
Premitted development rights
If you live in a house, you can make certain types of minor changes to your home without having to apply for planning permission. These are called permitted development rights. However, other works and alterations may require planning permission.
- Note that irrespective of whether planning permission is required, approval under Building Regulations may be required, as they are two separate matters
Use the interactive tool on the national Planning Portal website. Further details of the most common projects undertaken by householders and when planning permission is needed.
- Details of planning application fees are available from the Planning Portal
Sometimes these permitted development rights are taken away, or adapted slightly, for example if your house is in a conservation area, or is a listed building. These rights are sometimes also removed because of reasons of safety and to protect the amenities of the area.
No permitted development rights
Flats, maisonettes, caravans, and mobile homes have no permitted development rights.
Glossary of planning terms
The Planning Portal have prepared a planning glossary of terms to make things easier for those who are more unfamiliar with planning.
Last updated Tuesday, 23rd May 2023
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