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Do I need planning permission?

Many home improvement projects are classed as permitted development. This means that, subject to certain conditions and limits, they do not require planning permission

Finding out if you need planning permission

Use the Planning Portal resources

The Planning Portal guides and links can help you understand whether your project requires planning permission.

Explore the Planning Portal's project planning, building and completion advice including:

Information and guidance on common projects

The Planning Portal has lots of information covering a wide range of common projects. The guidance covers both planning permission and building regulations rules.

In addition to the Planning Portal information, we've produced specific guidance for planning permission for keeping horses.

Building regulations approval

Even if your project is covered by permitted development rights, you may still need to apply for building regulations approval.

In some circumstances, permitted development rights are restricted or removed

This means you will need to apply for planning permission for work that wouldn't usually require you to do so. For example, if you want to carry out work:

To see if you're affected by any of the above, you can use our interactive map.

Article 4 directions remove permitted development rights

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most common in conservation areas.

To see if your property is affected by such a direction, you can check on our interactive map.

If a planning application is required solely because permitted development rights have been removed by an Article 4 direction, no planning application fee is payable.

If you're unsure whether you need planning permission

Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)

If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you can apply for an LDC.

It is not compulsory to have an LDC but there may be times (eg when selling your property) when you need one to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful.

Visit the Planning Portal and GOV.UK for information and guidance on how to apply for an LDC.

Please note than an LDC is not the same as planning permission but proof that your household building work is lawful.