Do you need planning permission
Planning Permission is like asking us if you can do a certain piece of building work. We will either refuse or grant permission.
When you may need planning permission
You might need planning permission if you want to:
- build something new
- make a major change to your building - e.g. building an extension
- change the use of your building
There are different rules depending on what you want to do. The planning portal has a list of rules for common building work projects for the home.
When you don’t need planning permission
Some building projects don't need planning permission. This is called permitted development, you can find out more on the planning portal.
Building projects that usually have permitted development rights include:
- industrial premises and warehouses - though there are some limits and conditions
- some outdoor signs and advertisements - though there are some special rules
- demolition - but before you begin you must get approval to demolish from us.
There are no “permitted development rights” for trees. Even if your proposed building project does not need planning permission you will still need to submit a treework application/notification if it involves any work to protected trees (including the pruning of any roots or branches).
Sometimes it may not be clear if your development is a permitted development. If this is the case, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. This is not the same as planning permission, but is proof that your building work is lawful.
Planning permission for business premises
Most alterations to business premises will need planning permission, including:
- All shop and office extensions
- Alterations to shop fronts
- External security shutters or grilles
- Changes in the use of land or buildings
The law puts use of land and buildings into various categories known as 'Use Classes'. The Planning Portal has more information about these, and change of use.
Planning permission for listed buildings
If you want to carry out any internal or external work to a listed building, you’ll need listed building consent as well as planning permission.
We can tell you if you need listed building consent for your work. We can also provide pre-application advice for your proposals.
It is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without it.
Planning permission in a conservation area
If you want to demolish a building, or part of a building that is within a conservation area, you will need to apply for permission to do so.
You’ll need to apply for Check if your building is in a conservation area.
Planning permission and protected trees
Trees are protected in one of two ways, either by inclusion in a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or if the trees are within a conservation area.
You will need our consent before you do any work to a TPO tree. You will need to give us written notice six weeks ahead of work on trees in conservation areas.
It is a criminal offence to carry out work to protected tree(s) without the necessary consent /
TPO treework application form - this form can also be used to give Notice of Intent for work to tree(s) in a conservation Area:
To check whether trees are protected email us with details of the location and type of trees. We are unable to check a tree’s status by telephone.
Planning permission and advertisements
Some forms of advertisement can be put up without approval from us, this is called deemed consent. The planning portal contains useful advice.
Please note that it is a criminal offence to display an advert that requires our consent without getting it