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Is planning permission required?


To find out if planning permission is required please refer to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

If the proposal relates to the improvement, enlargement or other alteration to a dwellinghouse and its curtilage then you can also refer to the Government’s Technical Guidance.

You can refer to the Government’s planning portal website, which provides additional guidance on planning matters.  

If you are still at all unsure or if you require a formal legal confirmation that your proposal does not require planning permission (and so not be at risk of any subsequent planning enforcement action) you will need to apply to the Council for a Lawful Development Certificate.  This will take up to eight weeks to determine.  The fee for this is half the fee of a householder planning application.   If the development has already taken place then the fee required is that of a planning application.    You can submit your application via the planning portal.  

This assumes that you are confident that permitted development rights have not been withdrawn.

Your attention is also drawn to the Council’s guidance on Alterations and Extensions to Residential Properties SPD, and to the planning pre-application service that the Council offers, should you decide that you will require planning permission.   There would be a charge for this (please see fees for this)  and you will need to complete the attached form to arrange an appointment.

 Links to

Planning Portal Fee Calculator

Pre-planning submission charges

Applications Forms


Planning Applications Received - Weekly Lists

Proposed Valley Centre Interim Development

Site Submission Forms

Validation Checklist - Criteria for Applications Submitted to the Local Planning Authority

Wind Energy Developments Study

5 Year Housing Land Supply Reports

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

Hot Food Takeaways

Procedure for speaking at Development Control Committee

Planning Enforcement

Statement of Community Involvement 2014

Local Development Scheme Timetable 2016 - 2019

The Way Forward 2011 - 2026 Summary

Invitation to Tender - Landscape Capacity for Wind Turbines

SHMA - Glossary of Terms

Planning Application Forms

Reaps Moss CMS

Lives & Landscapes Green Belt Re-Consultation Responses

Local Plan Part 2 : Site Allocations & Development Management Policies

Local Plan Part 2 - Evidence - Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

Local Plan Part 2 - Evidence - Lives & Landscapes Assessment

Sustainability Appraisal - Alternatives SA Report

Local Plan Part 2 - Evidence - Wind Turbines in the Landscape Studies

Viability Assessment

Lancashire Ecological Network Maps

Lives & Landscapes Evidence - Individual Site Assessments

Gypsy Sites Appraisals

Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report (HRA)

Local Plan Part 2 - Site Allocations

Local Plan Part 2 - Additional Reports - Accessibility

Local Plan Part 2 - Additional Reports - Employment

Local Plan Part 2 - Additional Reports - Environment

Local Plan Part 2 - Additional Reports - Housing

Local Plans Part 2 - Additional Reports (Proposed New Sites)

Local Plan Plan 2 - Additional Reports - Retail & Town Centre Uses

Local Plan Part 2 - Additional Reports - Various Chapters of Local Plan

Call for Sites FAQ Guidance Form

Self Build and Custom Build Register

Playing Pitch Strategy - Rossendale, Pendle & Burnley

Pilot Brownfield Register Manual

Consultation on a draft Local Validation Checklist

Rossendale Town Centre, Retail, Leisure and Tourism Study

Rossendale Employment Land Review

Gypsy and Traveller Study

Environmental Network Study

Green Belt Study

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment

Local Plan Viability Study

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) - Stages 1&2 and Site Assessments

Pre Application Advice Charging Scheme and Post Application Service

Related FAQs

Related Services

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