Find out if you need planning permission

If you're thinking about extending or altering your home, including work on any of the following, you may need planning permission:

  • 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's interactive house, which gives you advice on some of the common household projects, and whether they need planning permission.

We offer a pre-application enquiry service, which we strongly recommend you use before submitting your planning application.

You may also need building regulations approval

We provide a duty officer drop-in service at the Central Library in Wellington House every weekday from 9.30am to 1pm. You don't need to make an appointment. The officer can give a basic explanation of the planning process and check any documents, but can't provide pre-application advice on specific projects or proposals. For specific advice please use the pre-application enquiry service.