Do I need planning consent or building regulations?
Last updated: 14/03/2013
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By submitting the Do I need
planning consent or building regulations form you will
be requesting a check as to the need for
planning permission, listed building or conservation area
consent and/or building regulations. With regard to planning,
this will constitute an informal response as a definitive response
can only be obtained through the submission of a certificate of
lawfulness of proposed use or development.
There is a charge of £30 for the planning, listed
building or conservation area consent check, but the building
regulation check is free and you should receive your response
within 10 working days.
The form and further information on what should be
submitted is available via the link above and at the main
Planning Portal also provides lots of up to date information
about what work can be carried out without the need for planning
permission. Most of this information is provided within a
usable interactive guide.
Why planning permission may not be needed
Article 3 of the Town and Country (General Permitted
Development) Order 1995 (Amended 2008) (GDPO) automatically grants
planning permission for certain types of development, subject to
limits and conditions. This is called permitted development rights.
The range of permitted developments rights are long and complex,
divided between different classes of developer (e.g. local
authorities, telecommunications operators and schools, colleges,
universities and hospitals) or types of development
(e.g. agriculture, forestry and temporary uses of land).
The Council has produced guidance on
householder permitted development rights with simple flow
diagrams and drawings to explain what is permitted and what is
Follow this link to an online version of the permitted
With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in
question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant
planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to
apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval
Follow this off site link for more information about your
If you want us to formally confirm that your proposed
works are permitted development, you will need to apply for a
lawful development certificate.
Follow this link for more information on lawful development certificates.
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