Planning and building control

Use our easy tool to Find Out If You Need Planning Permission

Find out if you need planning permission

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.

Use our free 'Find out if you need planning permission' web service

There are some types of work that you do not need to apply for planning permission to carry out. These works are called Permitted Development.

We offer a free online service to check whether your works will need planning permission. To use this service, you simply enter the post code of the address where the works will take place, and answer some questions about the planned works. The service will tell you whether the works you want to do require planning permission and will advise you on what to do next.

Please note that the service information is provided for guidance only and does not represent a planning decision or legal advice. We always recommend applying for a Lawful Development Certificate before carrying out Permitted Development works to ensure that the works are lawful. 

Access the service 

Still not sure if you need planning permission?

Pre-application advice

We offer a pre-application advice service where applicants can receive formal advice and request a meeting with a planning officer before submitting a planning application.

Further advice about this service and the relevant fees can be found by visiting our pre-application information page.

Lawful Development Certificates

If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC). 

It is not compulsory to have an LDC but there may be times when you need one to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful for planning enforcement purposes.

View more information on how to apply for an LDC.

Independent planning advice

You can also get independent professional advice before making an application or carrying out any building works. Planning Aid (external website) also provide independent planning advice for individuals and communities about planning issues

Find a registered architect

If you are thinking about carry out works to your home or business and you need help finding an architect that can help you with your project, the Architects Registration Board has a register which you can use to search for a qualified architect.

Page last updated: 05 April 2022

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