Do I need Planning Permission?
This depends on what you want to do. Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses, can often be carried out without the need for a planning application to be made to the Local Planning Authority This is known as 'permitted development'.
It often also depends on whether your house has been extended in the past. Even if you only want to put a conservatory on the back of your house, if your house has been previously extended, chances are you will need planning permission for the conservatory.
From 30th May 2013 new rules governing house extensions and commercial changes of use came into effect.This allowed larger extensions to be built under permitted development rights.
These larger permitted development extensions are subject to a neighbour consultation scheme.
General advice on whether or not you need permission is available from the Planning Portal. However, it is always best to check with us first as there may be local circumstances which might affect the need for permission. For site specific advice, information should be submitted in writing. You should include the site address, details of the proposals and a sketch plan.
Problems can occur if you do any work without permission, including being taken to court in extreme cases, so please contact us.