Do I Need Planning Permission?
You will probably need planning permission if you want to: build something new; make a change to your building or land; or change the use of your building.
The planning system exists to make sure that new development does not affect the quality of life for local residents, and does not put a strain on local roads, schools and other services.
Even if what you're proposing doesn't need planning permission, it will probably need a building warrant.
Please note, if your project does need planning permission and you do the work without applying for and receiving planning permission, the council is authorised to take enforcement action, up to and including taking direct action over an unauthorised development. If you carry out work without first obtaining planning permission you run the risk of having to make changes to your development, or of the council removing it.
You can check the required permissions and other important information using the links below.
- Full Planning Permission A new building, or the change of use of a building or land, normally requires planning permission
- Householder planning application guidance If you are thinking of extending your house, or building within your garden, the guidance below will tell you whether or not you need planning permission for the works you want to do.
- Domestic microgeneration While flues for biomass heating systems or combined heat and power systems might not need planning permission, care should still be taken over their location; they should be sited as far as possible from your neighbours' windows, for example, to avoid the possibility of smoke affecting their amenity.
- Business applications Planning permission will normally be required for extensions to business premises, and for works involving a change of use.
- Certificate of Lawfulness If you want formal confirmation from the council that an extension or other works you're proposing constitute permitted development, and don't need to be the subject of a planning application, you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.
- Other consent requirements Information on any other consents you might require for your development.
- Planning Permission in Principle To find out if a development is generally acceptable you can apply for planning permission in principle, a type of application that allows a proposal - a residential development, for example - to be assessed without having to give the details of the layout, design or finish of any buildings. If granted, planning permission in principle has to be followed with a further application to agree the details of the development before work can start.
- Using your home as a holiday let The use of your home, or part of your home, as holiday accommodation, even if it's through Airbnb, might require planning permission.