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Planning permission is a permission granted (or refused) by your local council. It focuses on how your project will impact on the surrounding environment and the visual appearance of your project. It is a legal requirement to obtain planning permission where required. For more information on planning permissions visit our planning permission guide page
Permitted development is alterations or additions to your home that do not require planning permission. Have a look at out individual project categories to see if your project qualifies. If in doubt you should always check with your local planning department or architectural service provider. Not all properties are eligible for permitted development, you should always check if your permitted development right have been withdrawn.
Yes, you can apply for planning permission in retrospect. You should be aware that your application could be refused and works you have done may have to be removed.
The requirement for planning permission can be difficult to determine. Have a look at our different project categories
for advice. If you are unsure you should check with your local planning department or local architectural service provider.
Planning permission to upgrade your windows may be required if you live in a conservation area or your building is listed.
Planning permission may be required to externally paint your house if you are in a conservation area or your building is listed.
A Certificate of Lawfulness (Scotland) or Lawful Development Certificate (England) can be obtained if you are unsure your proposed home improvements meet the permitted development criteria. It confirms that planning permission was not required. A Certificate of Lawfulness or Lawful Development Certificate should be kept in a safe place as it may be required to confirm planning permission was not required should you come to sell your home.
Formation or extension of a driveway is classed as permitted development if you do not live in a conservation area or listed building. The drive should also be constructed in a porous material or designed to avoid surface water running onto a public road or footpath.
You might need planning permission to remove tree if you live in a conservation area or the tree is protected by a TPO (Tree Protection Order) it is a legal requirement to obtain your planning departments permission unless there is an immediate safety risk caused by the tree (proof the tree was causing an immediate safety risk may be required e.g. photos etc…) Visit our tree works page
for more information.