Permitted development rights
What is permitted development? View a list of properties that have their permitted development rights removed
Permitted development allows you to carry out certain limited forms of development to your house without the need to make an application to your Local Planning Authority. These rights were introduced as a general planning permission granted, not by the Local Authority but by Parliament. 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.
Permitted development rights withdrawn
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.
For general advice and guidance on whether you need planning permission, visit the Planning Portal site, which includes links to an interactive semi-detached house and terraced house.
We would also advice that you contact us and discuss your proposal before any work begins. You can do this by completing a Do I need planning permission form which allows you to submit basic details of your proposal which an officer will check through and respond to. We will be able to inform you of any reason why the development may not be permitted and if you need to apply for planning permission for all or part of the work. There is a charge of £30 (including VAT) for this enquiry service.