Do I need Planning Permission for my extension?
Most developments will require the consent of the local council. You will either need Planning Permission or a certificate of lawfulness. Some examples where planning permission is required:
- Most new building developments
- Additions or extensions to a flat or maisonette (including those converted from houses). (But you do not need planning permission to carry out internal alterations or work which does not affect the external appearance of the building.)
- Dividing part of your house for use as a separate home (for example, a self-contained flat or bed-sit) or use a caravan in your garden as a home for someone else. (But you do not need planning permission to let one or two of your rooms to lodgers.)
- Dividing off part of your home for business or commercial use (for example, a workshop) or you want to build a parking place for a commercial vehicle at your home.
- Building something which goes against the terms of the original planning permission for your house – for example, your house may have been built with a restriction to stop people putting up fences in front gardens because it is on an “open plan” estate. Your council has a record of all planning permissions in its area.
- Any work that might obstruct the view of road users.
- Any work that would involve a new or wider access to a trunk or classified road.
Factors affecting planning permissionThere are several factors – dependent a lot on your local authority plan, which will affect whether or not you need to apply for planning permission. Some of these considerations include:
- Your neighbours
- Listed buildings
- Conservation areas
- Trees and hedgerows
- Nature and wildlife
- Building regulations
- Rights of way
- Adverts and signs
- Ancient monuments
- Environmental health
- Licensed sites
- Roads and highways
- Planning Applications
- Building Regulation Drawings
- Site Survey
- Project Management
- Architectural & Interior Design
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