Find out if you need planning permission

Whether you need a planning permission or not depends on what you want to do. If you want to carry out works to your home, expand your business or change the use of your premises, you may need to apply for planning permission.

Still not sure if you need planning permission?

You can apply for an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for your proposed development. We will decide whether the works need planning permission and send you a formal notice. Please download the relevant application form, help notes and checklists.

Pre-application advice

We can also provide pre-application advice. However, in almost all cases there is a charge for this service.

You can find out more information about this service, the chargeable fees and download an application by visiting our pre-application information page.

Independent planning advice

You can also get independent professional advice before carrying out any building works.

  • Planning Aid also provide independent planning advice for individuals and communities about planning issues

Find a registered architect

The Architects Registration Board has a Register which you can use to search for a qualified architect.

Page last updated: 26 June 2017