Do I need planning permission?
You can find official government guidance on any building work you are planning on the Planning Portal website*. (See note below)
Householder development enquiry
A formal determination as to whether planning permission is required for an extension, outbuilding, or other improvement to your property, can be obtained by submitting an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed Development. This will provide certainty that the proposed development is permitted - particularly useful for vendors and purchasers. The charge for a Lawful Development Certificate is £86 for householder applications (this is half the planning application fee).
You can make certain types of minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called permitted development rights. Important changes to planning rules have been introduced nationally which allow certain types of development and changes of use to proceed without having to apply for planning permission. These result from changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) Order 2013*. (See note below)
- Permitted householder developments
- Permitted change of use, new permitted building operations, and prior approval processes
You can find more information on permitted development rights on the Planning Portal*. (See note below)
Article 4 directions
Sometimes permitted development rights need to be removed by the council to protect the character of an area. This is made by application of a Direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The council has made some Article 4 directions in relation to houses in multiple occupation and also for some conservation areas.
*Site-specific restrictions might apply which mean that despite national rules planning permission might be required; for example, conditions attached to previous planning permissions for the site, or Article 4 directions may remove normal permitted development rights set out in government regulations.
The planning application process
The flow chart below describes the process from making an application through to a decision by the Planning Committee or a delegated decision by the Head of Planning.