Planning Portal

Home owners: Patios and Driveways

The creation or replacement of a hard surface for a car

Planning permission is not required provided that your car is used as a private vehicle and the hardstanding does not involve the construction or alteration of an access to a trunk or classified road or might cause an obstruction to other road users near a junction, bend or crest.
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.
Porous surfaces such as pebbles or gravel allow water to drain through it while permeable surfaces have materials such as paving slabs and tiles with gaps which allow water drainage.

Access to a road

Planning permission is required unless the new access is to an unclassified road and is to serve permitted development which does not need planning permission. Even where planning permission is not required an application for consent to make or alter an access to a road must still be submitted to TransportNI for approval.
If the work involves making a new access or altering an existing access to a trunk or classified road planning permission will be needed for the access and the development.
If the development is within a site of archaeological interest or an area of special scientific interest, planning permission is always required.
If in any doubt, check with your local TransportNI office. Contact details can be found under ‘Government’ in the phone directory or at contact us” on the TransportNI website (
If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local planning office will be able to advise you.
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