Do I need planning permission?
If you’re planning to carry out building work or changes to your property, you may need permission to do this. Planning rules apply not only to large commercial developments but also to some general home improvements.
You might typically need planning permission if you:
- build something new
- make a major change to your building, such as adding an extension
- change the use of your building
If your project needs planning permission and you do the work without getting it, you could be served with an enforcement notice ordering you to undo all the changes you have made.
The Planning Portal
The Planning Portal is designed to help process planning applications in England and Wales. It provides comprehensive guidance on the types of developments allowed and associated costs, and allows you to complete different applications online. Some of the links on these pages will take you to relevant sections of the portal.
Some common projects, including loft conversions, replacing windows or adding decking to your garden, will generally come under ‘permitted developments’.
You do not need planning permission for permitted developments provided you follow national guidance. However, in some cases, you may need to give us prior notification of your work. If you wish to go beyond the set limits or the change is part of a larger piece of work, you may still need permission.
In some cases, your property may be affected by local rules around development. If you live in a designated conservation area or your building is listed, for example, special restrictions will apply.
In addition to planning permission, you may need to apply for building regulations approval if you plan to construct or change a building in certain ways.