If you decided to build something for example adding a caravan to your garden where somebody will live and you did this without getting the permission needed, you would most likely be forced to correct this some time later and it would prove troublesome and probably more costly than getting the permission in the first place.
If you are unsure whether you need planning permission or not, contact the planning department of your local council.
When you need to apply
Here are some common examples of when you would need to apply for planning permission:
- Adding or extending a flat or maisonette, including those converted from houses
- Dividing off part of your house for use as something separate e.g. a self contained flat
- Using a caravan or a building in your garden where somebody else will live.
- Building something which does not conform with the terms of the original planning permission for your house
- When work that you want done would obstruct the road view of others or where others may object to the work being done.
You can discuss any proposals with the planning department of your local council.
When you do not need to apply
There are some types of work that you may wish to do where you do not need to apply for planning permission. These are usually just the minor changes which do not affect others and therefore the council would not object to. This includes things like fitting an alarm box to your home, and this in known as a “permitted development right” which is simply a change that you can make without having to obtain planning permission.
Projects that can be carried out without planning permission include:
- Loft conversions
- Roof alterations
- Patios and driveways
Making an application for planning permission
To make an application for planning permission, you need to apply to your local council who will then decide if your project is to be permitted to take place or not.
Here, your application will be approved and you can move on to the next stage of your plans, or your application will be rejected for certain reasons.
If you do not own the property or if you have part-ownership then it is essential that you inform the owner or those who share ownership.
For more information on:
- Application Form
- Choosing the correct application
- What to do with the documents
- What happens next?
- Planning Permission Decisions
- Other ways to obtain planning permission