Do I Require Planning Permission?
Permitted development describes building works that do not need express planning permission from the Council.
Most householders have 'permitted development rights' and can build some extensions without having to make a full planning application. However, some households (normally but not exclusively) newer builds may have had these 'rights' withdrawn. The Council can only give assurance on whether or not your project is 'permitted development' by issuing a Certificate of Lawful Development application.
For information on common projects, an interactive house, building regulations guidance and case studies outlining people's real experience of tackling a number of the projects are also available on the on the Planning Portal.
Below is a list of common householder projects. Select each one for a link to the Planning Portal for further information.
- House extension
- Patio and driveway
- Garage conversion
- Loft conversion
- Working from home
- Solar panels
Lawful Development Certificates
Lawful Development Certificates (LDC) can be applied for if you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission. For further information or to apply to the Council for an LDC please go to the Planning Portal. Guidance is also provided on the National Planning Policy Framework for England website.