Do I need planning permission?

Extensions or alterations to a property will often need planning permission. However, permitted development rights allow you to make minor changes to your property without needing permission. As it can often be  confusing to understand what can be undertaken at your property we recommend that you look at the planning portal website first; these permitted development rights are explained in more detail. 

If you are unsure as to whether you need planning permission and require confirmation in writing you may wish to complete a Do I Need Planning Permission form for which there is a fee of £52.80 (including VAT).

If works have already been undertaken and you need confirmation that planning permission was not required, you may wish to apply for a Certificate of Lawful Use for the existing Development. These applications are popular when you come to sell your home several years after perhaps converting a garage, building a conservatory but you hadn't checked if permission was required at the time. 

If you haven't yet started work and need confirmation that planning permission is not required you are advised to apply for a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Use or Development  Unlike the informal enquiry service, above, this legally binds the Council to their decision, but full detailed plans are required

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