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Do I need planning permission?

Depending on the work you are doing you might need to get planning permission or building regulation approval, or both.

It is important to find out if you need planning permission or building regulations before you make improvements or changes to a property.

Not all works need planning permission, some works can be undertaken using permitted development rights which allow householders and other developers to carry out certain development without needing to submit a planning application.

The government's Planning Portal website provides advice, including an interactive house and mini guides on whether your home improvement or large scale commercial project needs planning permission or not.

Do I need planning permission? - Planning Portal

Consent may also be needed under building regulations and advice on this can also be found using the Planning Portal website.

Your Development may also be subject to the Community Infrastructure Levy, regardless of whether or not you require permission. View more information on the Community Infrastructure Levy.


How can I be sure?

To be certain if you need planning permission or not you can submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate. View more information on Lawful Development Certificates


The cost of planning applications

Before you apply for planning permission, check how much it will cost. The fees are set nationally by the government. View more information on planning application fees.


Apply for planning permission

If you think you do need permission, view information on how to apply for planning permission.

Apply for planning permission


Planning advice

If after looking at the government's Planning Portal website you still need advice, a duty planning officer is available every day between 9.30am and 1pm Monday to Friday at our Union Street office or over the telephone on 01257 515151 to give general advice, guidance and information. 

Please note, due to the recent coronavirus pandemic our offices are currently closed. If you require planning advice please call 01257 515151.

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