Do I need planning permission?

You can find out if you need planning permission or building regulations on the national Planning Portal website. This features a list of projects, case studies, mini-guides and an interactive house that provides a good overview of what does and does not require planning permission.

Go to the Planning Portal  

Permitted development

Certain forms of development can be carried out without a planning application. This is called ‘permitted development’.  However, it is best to check with us first because some of these rights might have been removed or the scope of development restricted, meaning planning permission may be required after all. Either way, you will still need building regulations approval.

Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)

For peace of mind that a proposed use of a building is lawful or that the proposal doesn't require planning permission, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate prior to commencing any building works or change of use. 

There is a fee for this service. More information is available on the Planning Portal where you can also make an application.

If you’re seeking a formal decision as to whether planning permission will be required for a large rear extension (3 metre to 6 metre rear extension on an attached house, or 4 metre to 8 metre rear extension on a detached house), please download and complete our prior notification form.

Download and complete our prior notification form 

If you received prior approval for your development or approval was not required, please tell us when you have completed the work.

Complete our development completion form 

Dropped kerb and vehicle access crossover

Putting in a dropped kerb makes it easier and safer to access a property from the road. If you want to install a dropped kerb you must obtain formal written permission first.

Find out what type of permission you need

Planning officer advice service

This is a free service to assist local residents and businesses with straightforward or general planning enquiries. Please note that the duty planning officer will be unable to advise you on the prospects of success of a planning application. A formal pre-application  process has been set up to deal with such requests for which a fee is payable.

Find out more about the planning officer advice service