The construction of new buildings nearly always needs planning permission. Major alterations to existing buildings will also need permission. Since the rules are complicated, please contact us to see if your proposal requires permission.
It's now easier to submit your application online. Find out how.
If you find you do need planning permission we would encourage you to talk to us first before submitting your application. For this we offer an appointment system through the council's main reception (contact details are at the bottom of the page). More pre-application advice.
You don't necessarily need planning permission to work from home. You may need planning permission if you answer yes to any of these questions:
Planning permission is unlikely to be needed if the householder is working alone in a study or spare room and there are no deliveries.
If you are thinking of running a business from home, please contact us for advice. (Contact details are at the bottom of the page). If you are a council tenant, please also read Running a Business From Your Council Home
Further detailed information is available in this government produced booklet (including advice about changing the use of land and premises):
For crime prevention advice you can contact the Derbyshire Police Crime Prevention Design Adviser (contact details in the document in the related documents section). We have signed up to the Derbyshire 'Designing out crime' Protocol.
See also Planning Policy - Crime Prevention
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