Planning Portal

Visual Guide for Householders

Introduction

Please note that this is an informal guide to planning permission for householders.

Questions regarding specific situations or applications should be dealt with by your local planning office.

Please check with your local planning office before starting any work

Outbuildings and Other Structures

Many kinds of buildings and structures can be built in your garden or on the land around your house without the need to apply for planning permission provided you meet the relevant limitations and conditions.

These include sheds, garages, greenhouses, accommodation for pets and domestic animals, summer houses, swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, enclosures (including tennis courts) and many other kinds of structures.

In some circumstances you will need to apply for planning permission e.g. pigeon sheds.

For the full range of rules that apply please see:

Extensions and Additions

You can extend or add to your house without the need to apply for planning permission provided you meet a number of limitations and conditions.

What is allowed without planning permission applies largely to the dimensions of the proposed extension, its position on the house and its proximity to your boundaries.

You will need to apply for planning permission if:

  • More than half the area of land around the ‘original house’ would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • The enlarged part of the house would be forward of a principal or side elevation and face onto a road.
  • It consists of the provision of a basement.
  • It includes the construction or provision of a balcony or veranda.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on extensions and additions....

Repairs and Maintenance

You do not usually need to apply for permission for repairs or maintenance.

If you live in a listed building, you will need listed building consent for any significant works whether internal or external.

Minor domestic light fittings are not subject to planning controls. Nevertheless, if you are planning to install external lighting for security or other purposes, you should ensure that the intensity and direction of light does not disturb others.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on repairs and maintenance....

Decking and Fencing

Putting up walls, fences, decking, or other raised platforms in your garden and around the boundary of your house is permitted development providing you meet the relevant limits and conditions.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on decking and fencing...

Fuel Storage

You can install a storage container for oil, liquefied petroleum gas or solid biomass fuel without the need to apply for planning permission providing you meet a number of limitations and conditions.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on fuel storage ....

Heat Pumps

You can install water, ground and air source heat pumps without the need to apply for planning permission providing you meet a number of limitations and conditions.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on heat pumps....

Patios and Driveways

There is no restriction on the area of land to the rear and side of your house which you can cover with hard surfaces.

If the hard surface is to the front of your house and is greater than 5 square metres it must be of porous or permeable materials or provision made to direct run-off water to a porous or permeable area within the grounds of the house.

However, significant works of embanking or terracing to support a hard surface is likely to need planning permission.

If you live in a listed building, you will need listed building consent for any significant works whether internal or external.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on patios and driveways...

Porches

You may not need planning permission for a porch if it meets the relevant limitations.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on porches....

Satellite Dishes and Aerials

Normal domestic TV and radio aerials do not need planning permission.

In certain circumstances, you will need to apply for planning permission to install a satellite dish on your house.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on Satellite Dishes and Aerials....

Trees and Hedgerows

Many trees are protected by tree preservation orders which mean that, in general, you need the Department of the Environment’s consent to lop, top or fell them.

There are also controls over trees in Conservation Areas.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on trees and hedgerows....

Solar Panels

You can install solar panels without the need to apply for planning permission providing you meet a number of limitations and conditions.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on solar panels....

Work on the Roof

You do not normally need to apply for planning permission to re-roof your house or to insert roof lights.

However, there are some special rules which govern extensions to the roof.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on work on the roof....

Chimneys and Flues

The installation, alteration or replacement of a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe on a house is permitted development providing you meet a number of limitations and conditions.

For the full range of rules that apply please see more info on chimneys and flues....

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