Between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2019
Permitted Development rights on single storey rear extensions have been modified under the associated neighbour consultation scheme.This schall other houses, must go through the process.eme only applies to larger single-storey rear extensions which are permitted for three years between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2019. This means that extensions of between four and eight metres for detached houses and between three and six metres for semi-detached or terraces.Find out more
What is Permitted development?
Permitted Development Rights are changes and additions you can make to your home without applying to your local authority for planning permission. They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. The rights are for houses – so if you live in a flat or maisonette, they do not apply.
If you live in a World Heritage Site, Conservation Area, National Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads, permitted development rights are more restricted. Therefore some changes you might want to make to your home will need planning permission when they wouldn’t if you lived elsewhere. Listed buildings are also an exception to these rights.
Due to this, planning permission is now no longer required by the majority of homeowners for MOST loft conversions and rear extensions type developments, which has lead to around a quarter of all planning applications being removed from the system. Although some recent developments may have had permitted development rights removed as part of a previous planning application. If this is so then it will be listed as a condition on the decision notice. In these cases, all developments that fall into the Classes that have been restricted will require planning permission.
It is always a good idea to consult the local authority to confirm whether you need planning permission or any other form of consent, before undertaking any work.
Even if Planning Permission may not be required, we advise that you apply for a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Use or Development and receive approval before commencing with your building project.
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Planning Permission: What can & cannot be done?
You can build an extension
You can add a conservatory
You can convert your loft
You can convert a garage
You can build a garage, shed or greenhouse
You can add windows
You can fit solar panels
You can re-roof, or add roof or sky lights
You can pave your front garden
If you use a surface that rainwater can drain through, or the rainwater drains into your garden. You can also create a drive and put down other hard surfaces away from the front garden.
But: you’ll need planning permission if the area of your front garden that you’re paving is more than 5 square metres and you’re laying an impermeable surface.
You can put up fences, walls and gates
You can build decking
But: it can’t be more than 30cm above the ground, nor bring the amount of additions to the house to more than half of the garden area.
You cannot: install a wind turbine without planning permission in most cases.
Planning Permission may not be required, however for a formal decision please apply for a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Use or Development.