Planning advice

Determine if you require planning permission

Permitted development rights

You can make some minor changes to your home without the need to make a planning application. These rights are called ‘permitted development rights’ which derive from a general planning permission granted by Parliament. Learn more about permitted development rights

If you require confirmation of whether a planning application is required for your proposed work, please complete the Householder Enquiry Form and then submit together with any supporting plans and information.

There is a charge of £115 to submit a permitted development enquiry. Forms received without the correct fee will not be processed. Enquiries are usually processed within 28 days, however, due to a significant increase in the number of enquiries being received, this may take slightly longer, and we apologise for any delay in processing your enquiry.

For non-household works (e.g. business premises, change of use, unrelated to a dwelling), please email including the following:

  • details of your proposals
  • an indicative drawing showing accurate distances and dimensions
  • any supporting information

We will then contact you to advise how your payment can be made.

Prior Notifications

Larger home single storey rear extensions i.e. if they extend between four and eight metres for detached or between three and six metres for other dwellings, they must go through a process of Prior Notification.

Remember: It is your responsibility to ensure that any works you undertake have the necessary permission. If you build something that requires planning permission and you have not obtained this permission, you may be subject to enforcement action that could result in you being asked to remove or undo the works you have undertaken.