Some example situations are described below. Note that extra restrictions apply to listed buildings and some buildings in conservation areas. You may also require Building Regulations Approval, which must be applied for separately.
Permission is usually necessary for:
Permission is not usually required for:
This list is for guidance only. If you are in doubt, please contact us using the Planning Permission Enquiry Form (at the bottom of this page) to see if your proposal requires permission.
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 this page). More pre-application advice.
Be aware that even if you do not need planning permission, you might still need Building Regulations Approval.
Sometimes planning permission is required for working at home. It will depend on a number of factors. The main question is whether your house is still mainly a home, or if it has become mainly a business premises.
You can download application forms and guidance notes from this site or request copies from the planning department.
From 1 October 2008, what you can do without applying for planning permission has changed.
The following guidance has been prepared to help you if you wish to make a planning application to extend your home:
The laws governing permitted development are complex, and the advice on this page cannot cover them all. For free and accurate advice relevant to your situation, please fill out a Planning Permission Enquiry Form (below).
You can download the form in pdf format to print, or a Microsoft Word version to complete on-screen and return by email. Copies of this form are also available from the planning services department.
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