Permitted Development (PD)
As described on the previous page, all development requires
planning permission. However, there are many kinds of development
that have automatic planning permission. These are
known as permitted development or
PD. If your proposal is PD, you do not need to
make a planning application before you start work. However,
we advise that you get written confirmation by applying
for a lawful development certificate (LDC).
An LDC will prove that your work is lawful, which makes it easier
if you move house in future.
Is my proposal PD?
To find out whether your proposal is PD, you can use the
Government's Planning Portal website. It hosts two
excellent visual guides to PD, called the Interactive
House and the Interactive Terrace.
Additional PD rights are currently available for large
domestic extensions and certain changes of
use. The Interactive Terrace gives more detail on these
rights, and you can download our application forms and guidance
notes by clicking on the picture to the right.
On the next page, we will describe the methods by which you can
get our advice on a proposal.