Do I need planning permission?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in News
If you are thinking about building or extending a house you may be asking yourself, ‘Do I need planning permission to do this?’
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Planning Portal – Do you need permission?

What is planning permission and why do you need it?  Since the Town and Country Planning Act in 1947 (later updated in 1990) the government has to first grant permission if a land owner wants to build or change the land or building use.

So what does the government class as development?  The Act states that “… ‘development’ is the carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land…”  Development includes everything from building or extending a house, converting a barn, converting a house to a shop, adding an annexe, to fixing a sign to your shop.

Do you have to have planning permission for all types of building work?  It is safe to assume that all development needs planning permission, however, there are some exceptions.  As the volume of planning applications increased, the government devised a way of permitting certain types of development called “permitted development rights”.  These rights enable you to make minor changes to your house without the need to apply for planning permission.  You must check with your local planning authority as these rights are region specific and may have been withdrawn in your area.

For more information on the subject visit the Planning Portal website where you can find some helpful advice on planning permission and permitted development rights.  The website also includes a simple interactive guide:

If you would like advice on the planning process or any aspect of design in connection with your new build, alterations or refurbishment to your house, extension, shop, office or commercial property please contact us. Take a look at our projects for examples of work we have carried out.