I Do Not Need Permission
Permitted Development Rights
If you live in a house, you can make certain types of minor
changes to your home without needing to apply for planning
permission. For example, you may be able to put up a low wall or
fence, a garden shed or greenhouse, or a garage, without planning
permission. You may also be able to extend your house, but the law
relating to house extensions is fairly complex and there are limits
on the size of extension allowed as "permitted development". If you
would like an informal opinion as to whether your proposed
extension requires planning permission, you can contact the
Duty Officer on 01234 718069 between 8.45am and 12.30pm, or
submit an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness (proposed)
for your development.
In some areas of the borough permitted development rights are more
restricted. If you live in a Conservation Area you will need to
apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do
not need an application in other areas. There are also different
requirements if your house is a listed building; see the section on
Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings.
Further information relating to permitted development can be found
in the General
Permitted Development Order (GPDO) 1995. Simplified guides
and businesses have been produced by the Government.
Major changes to permitted development to householder
applications took effect on 1 October 2008. For details
please contact the Duty Planning Enquiries Officer on Mondays -
Fridays between 8:45am and 12:30pm on 01234 718069.