Find out if you need planning permission

You may need planning permission if you're thinking about extending or altering your home. This includes work on any of the following:

  • outbuildings
  • conservatories
  • patios and decking
  • house extensions
  • flue, chimney or soil and vent pipe
  • fuel tanks
  • garage conversions
  • loft conversions
  • driveways and dropped kerbs
  • paving and front gardens
  • roofs
  • walls and fences

Before you carry out any work, check the links below to the Planning Portal. This gives you advice on some of the common household projects and whether they need planning permission.

Pre-application advice

We offer a pre-application advice service, which we strongly recommend you use before submitting your planning application. This will tell you if planning permission is needed and also let you know how likely it would be approved.

We always recommend getting written confirmation from the Council even if you don't need planning permission for building works. This is because:

  • Conveyancing solicitors usually ask for such proof when a house is being purchased.
  • Its helpful if you need to reassure your neighbours that the works don't need planning permission.

Once you have filled out the form, supplied the details and paid the fee, we'll aim to contact you within 28 days.

You may also need building regulations approval.  

For specific advice please use the pre-application advice service.