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Do you need planning permission?

You may need to make a planning application if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a change to your building such as an extension or a change to its appearance
  • change the use of all or part of your building

If it is a listed building, you may need to make an application for listed building consent if you wish to alter the building internally or externally.

If it is in a conservation area, additional planning controls apply.


For general advice on a range of common householder projects, extensive guidance is available on the Planning Portal.

We can provide advice to those considering proposals that may require planning permission or a related consent. Our pre-application service offers written advice by professional officers before you submit an application.  A fee is normally charged for this service. Read information on our pre-application enquiry process. Written advice will not be given as to whether planning permission is required or not but you can obtain a formal ruling through the submission of an application for a Lawful Development Certificate, the application form for which can be obtained on the planning application forms webpage (form no. 015).

Please note

If your project needs planning permission and you carry out the work without getting it, you can be served an enforcement notice ordering you to undo all the changes you have made. It is a criminal offence to carry out works to a listed building without first obtaining consent from the council, even if you did not know that the building was listed.

Last updated 7 September 2016

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