Do I need planning permission?

Do I need planning permission?

The legal definition of development includes building and engineering operations and changes to the use of land or buildings. For domestic extensions you may require planning permission.

House extensions in the Green Belt

If you are proposing an extension or alteration to your property then you can find out if planning permission is required by a variety of methods:

  • You can fill out a domestic enquiry form use the link under Documents.  Please note that from 1st April 2011 the Council is charging for this service, please click on the fee sheet under Documents.  Complete the form and send it back to the council with the fee.  You will receive a written response but this will not be legally binding

  • The government provides a helpful self-assessment tool on the Planning Portal website, see the Offsite Link called Planning Portal: Do I need permission

  • You can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Development through the Planning Portal.  This is subject to a fee.  See the Offsite Link called Planning Portal: Lawful Development Certificates.  You will receive a written response and this will be legally binding

For all other types of development, including the change of use of buildings/land, planning permission may be required. Details of fees for all applications and pre-application advice can be downloaded here.Further guidance on the need for planning permission can be found on the Planning Portal website, see the 'Offsite Links' section

House extensions in the Green Belt

Changes to the householder 'permitted development' (PD) allowances, introduced in 2008, mean that many houses can be substantially extended without planning permission.  In the Green Belt, this council has worked to a policy which limits the total volume of an extension to 50% of the original volume of the house, its purpose being to help retain the openness of the Green Belt. This approach has now changed as a consequence of the new PD allowances which in many cases could exceed 50%.  A revised policy relating to domestic extensions in green belt was approved at the Council's Cabinet on 2nd June 2009.  A copy of the report can be viewed in the documents list.


Contact

Duty Planner
tel: 0115 917 3447