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Do I need planning permission?

It is important to find out if you need planning permission before you make improvements or changes to a property. If you go ahead without permission, you may end up having to put things back to how they were.


Fences, Gates and Garden

Walls Shed / Outbuilding

Rear Extension Change of Use



Do I Need Planning Permission?

To find out whether you need planning permission you can:

  • Check the Planning Portal
  • Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed Use / Development


Permitted Development

You can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called "permitted development rights".

Find out more by viewing the permitted development webpage.

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Planning Portal Guidance

The guidance below is provided by the Planning Portal

All common projects

You will find planning and building regulations guidance for many common building work projects.


Interactive House
Explore the interactive detached house for guidance on many common householder projects, including home microgeneration, in England.

Explore the interactive terrace for guidance relating to terraced houses as well as many common householder projects, in England.

Explore our interactive flat and shop for guidance relating to shops, flats and apartments as well as many common householder projects, in England.

Loft Conversion
Extensions (single storey)
Extensions (two storey)