Do I need planning consent or building regulations?
With all building work, the owner of the property or land is responsible for meeting the relevant planning rules and building regulations.
You can check whether you’re likely to need planning permission by reading through our guidance on householder permitted development rights, visiting the Planning Portal’s interactive guide or using our checking service.
Permitted development rights
You can make certain types of minor changes to your house without applying for planning permission, this is called "permitted development"
Our guidance on householder permitted development rights uses simple flow charts and drawings to help explain which changes require planning permission and which do not.
You can also view an online version of the permitted development legislation.
You can also check whether you need planning permission, listed building or demolition in a conservation area consent and/or building regulations by sending us a completed Do I need planning consent or building regulations form. We aim to respond within 10 working days. The checking service is free for building regulations, but there is a fee to check whether you need consent.
Our checking service gives you an informal view of whether you need planning permission. For peace of mind, you can apply for a lawful development certificates if you wish. This is formal proof that your household building work is lawful and doesn’t require planning permission. There is a fee for this service.
Vehicle access and off-road parking spaces
If you are creating a new vehicle access or off-road parking space you may need to apply for planning permission, depending on the location and category of road.
Once planning consent has been granted, or you have confirmation that it’s not required, you need to apply for a Vehicle Crossover Licence for permission to cross the footway with a vehicle. There is a fee for the licence.