Do I need permission?

Find out whether your home improvement or commercial project needs planning permission or building regulations approval

You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change to your building, eg building an extension
  • change the use of your building

Some building projects don’t need planning permission. This is known as ‘permitted development rights’. Most houses and bungalows (but not flats, apartments or maisonettes) benefit from permitted development rights. This means that some improvements to your home do not require planning permission.

If your project needs planning permission and you do the work without getting it, you can be served an enforcement notice ordering you to undo all the changes you have made. So don’t risk it and check before you start.


Last updated: 04 May 2020