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Planning permission


Householder Development

Whether you need planning permission to alter or extend your property will depend on the size and position of what you want to do.

Permitted development rights

These rights allow you to carry limited types of development to your house without the need to make an application to your Local Planning Authority.  You should be aware that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings.

In some areas, known generally as ‘designated areas’, permitted development rights are more restricted.  If you live in a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or your property is a Listed Building you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of works which do not need an application in other areas.

Withdrawn permitted development rights

In some instances we may have removed some of your permitted development rights by issuing an Article 4 Direction.  This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one.

Article 4 Directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened.  They are most common in Conservation Areas.

You can submit a do I need planning permission – householder development (Word, 59KB)  form if you are unsure whether you need planning permission. There is a charge for this service of £42 (includes VAT). An officer will check your enquiry and provide any relevant advice.

The planning portal offers general advice including interactive tools and mini guides to common projects.

Non-Domestic Development

Most alterations to business premises do need planning permission such as:

  • alterations to shop fronts
  • external security shutters or grilles

You can submit a do I need planning permission – non domestic development (Word, 34KB)  form if you are unsure whether you need planning permission. There is a charge for this service (see fee schedule: Pre-application schedule of fees with VAT (Word, 36KB) ). An officer will check your enquiry and provide any relevant advice.

Responses

Our written response will only confirm as to whether planning permission is required or not. For further advice, we provide a pre-application advice service.

Payments aren’t available online but can be sent by cheque to ENGIE Services Ltd, or by debit card by contacting 01472 326289 – option 1. If paying by card, please quote the development address or enquiry number if you have this.


Related content

Permitted development FAQ

NEL Planning Service – Householder Guidance Notes (Word, 35KB)

Pre-application advice guidance notes  – non domestic (PDF)

Contact details

Development Management Services – Planning, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB

Email: planning@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326289 option 1

Opening times: By appointment only