Do I Need Planning Permission?

Do You Need Planning Permission? (opens in a new window)

New buildings, major alterations, enlargement of existing buildings and changes in the use of buildings and land are defined as development. These will normally require planning permission.

Some minor residential development, including extensions to houses, erecting outbuildings to be used in connection with an existing dwelling, the installation of satellite dishes, and the erection of boundary treatments to any property subject to height/location restrictions, may qualify as "Permitted Development" and do not require planning permission. See The Planning Portal Permitted Development Guide (opens in a new window). Alternatively, you can view the General Permitted Development Order (opens in a new window).

You can contact us by e-mail or writing or using our 'Do I Need Planning Permission' e-form to confirm whether an application is required or not.

If you would like formal confirmation that planning permission is not required you may apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness, although this is not compulsory. However, if works are found to be unauthorised, the owner of the property may be liable to Enforcement Action.

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