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Is Planning Permission Required?

  1. Permitted Development for Householders
  2. Lawful Development Certificates


1. Permitted Development for Householders

Not all development requires planning permission; permitted development rights allow householders to carry out minor development to their residential property without the need to submit an application under the provision of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. Consent may be required under the Building Regulations and we advise that you contact our Building Control team for advice.

If your property is a listed building, or is within a Conservation Area there may be further restrictions.   

To find out if you need planning permission, please use the Planning Portal website by searching through the list of common projects or using the interactive house feature below.

Use the Interactive House and View Common Projects


2. Lawful Development Certificates

If you would like written confirmation that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you will need to apply for a 'Lawful Development Certificate'.

To encourage the use of applications for Lawful Development Certificates, if following the submission of a Lawful Development Certificate application it is determined that the development does not constitute permitted development and a full planning application is required the Local Planning Authority offer the applicant the opportunity to apply for a full application (less the fee already paid for the certificate), providing the planning application is submitted within 20 working days of the issue of the certificate. Planning applications after this period are processed at standard fee.