Do I Need Planning Permission?
If you are planning to build an extension or carry out work to your home or garden there are some cases where you may not need to apply for planning permission, providing the works meet certain limits and conditions.
The Planning Portal provides answers to some frequently asked questions and offers guides covering a wide range of common projects. We have also developed a set of self-assessment forms which will help you to assess whether you require planning permission for your proposed development. Please follow the steps below.
Step 1. Planning Portal
Initially, we recommend you visit the Planning Portal website to see if planning permission is required for home improvement projects
Step 2. Self Assessment
We have also developed a set of self-assessment forms which will help you to assess whether you require planning permission for your proposed development. Download and complete the relevant Self Assessment Forms
House extensions - Self Assessment Form A - Extensions (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Dormer windows, rooglights and alterations to a roof - Self Assessment Form B - Roofs (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Porches - Self Assessment Form D - Porch (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Outbuildings, garages, sheds - Self Assessment Form E - Outbuildings (Word Document, 0.49 Mb)
- Hardstanding, driveway, front patio - Self Assessment Form F - Driveway and Hardstanding (word doc) (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Chimney, flue, vent - Self Assessment Form G - Chimney or Flue (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Wall, fence, gate - Self Assessment Form 2A - Walls, Fence, Gate (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Insertion of new windows (not replacing existing windows) - Self Assessment Form - Insertion of Windows (Word Document, 0.26 Mb)
Step 3. Contacting us (if all answers are "No")
In most cases if you answer “No” to all of the questions within the Self Assessment form, then you will need to provide us with your completed copy of the self-assessment form, in order for us to confirm to you whether there are any restrictions removing permitted development rights from your property.
Step 4. Applying for permission
If you answer "no" but you still require confirmation from us that your proposal does not require planning permission you will need to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate.
Step 5. Building regulations
You may need approval under the Building Regulations even if you don’t need planning permission.
It’s always best to get advice, so please contact our Building Control team.
Last updated: Mon 24 May, 2021 @ 17:56