Most building work, engineering work and use of land requires planning permission. To help you with the process, please read this information before starting any building work.
Most single dwelling houses benefit from permitted development rights. This means that certain alterations and extensions to a house can be carried out without needing planning permission. Find out about common householder or business projects that might be undertaken under permitted development rights.
Pre application advice
If you want to submit a planning application, you can give your scheme the best possible chance of obtaining success by applying for pre-application advice first.
Duty planner service
If you are unable to find the information you need in our frequently asked questions and have a general question about the planning application process, you can ask for a call-back from our duty planner. This service is now chargeable. The duty planner will not be able to advise about specific proposals as these should be discussed as part of the pre-application process. The duty planner will be able to help you by:
- explaining our planning policies
- giving you general advice on permitted development rights
- explain which type of application is necessary for a proposal
Further information can be found on our Duty planner service page.
We currently offer free advice for residents interested in retrofitting their home to reduce carbon emissions.
Lawful Development Certificate
If you wish to have a formal decision from the council indicating that the existing or proposed use or building works are lawful, you need to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. You can make the application through the Planning Portal - Lawful development certificate
Frequently asked questions
Car free developments and restrictions on parking permits
The applies where parking is not provided on the premises and planning permission for the property stipulates that a parking permit cannot be issued for the property.