Are you planning to extend or carry out work to your home? Before you start with your proposed works you should check and satisfy yourself as to whether or not planning permission is required.
What is permitted development?
Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses, can often be carried out without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development.
The Planning Portal is a national initiative to give advice on planning matters, including permitted development. You can use the Planning Portal to get advice, complete forms, upload plans and other supporting information and pay any required fee. You can also use their Interactive House tool to find out if you need planning permission for the works you want to carry out.
Planning Portal Interactive House
Alternatively, you can complete a permitted development enquiry form [PDF, 53Kb] and submit the correct fee Schedule of fees for pre-application enquiries [PDF, 222Kb] and we will let you know in writing whether or not you need planning permission.
It is your responsibility to seek planning permission. If required, planning permission and building regulation approval should be granted before work begins.
If you build something without planning permission that needs it, you may be forced to put things right later. You may even have to remove an unauthorised building.
In line with new government regulations, the council is increasing fees for applications submitted after 17 January 2018. Find out more about the fee changes.