What is permitted development?
All development needs planning permission. However, many kinds of development have automatic planning permission, granted by national law. These are known as permitted development or PD.
Is my proposal PD?
You can get a rough idea by visiting the Planning Portal website. It hosts interactive guides covering all of the most common PD projects. The Government has also provided guidance to help everyone understand the law.
If we find that your proposal is PD, we will issue a lawful development certificate (LDC). Solicitors will ask to see this if you sell your house. Not having one can cause costly and frustrating delays.
PD extensions and changes of use
There are special PD rights for some large domestic extensions and some changes of use. Those rights allow you to use the “prior notification" procedure, which is a cross between an LDC and a full planning application.
Unlike an LDC, we have to tell your neighbours about the proposal. However, we must base our decision on a narrower range of considerations than we would for a full application. For more information, please see the interactive guides.