Planning Permission Your Questions Answered

Here below are the most popular questions asked about planning permission answered for you. 

What is planning permission? 

Planning permission is the consent from your local authority for a proposed building, which is in place to stop constructions that could be unsafe. 

What can I build without planning? 

  • Firstly, standard Loft conversion 
  • Single-storey extension 
  • Install garden room  
  • Replace windows and doors  
  • Reconfigure internal floor  
  • Erect fences and walls on boundaries 
  • Evaluate space with two-storey rear extension  
  • Install solar panels 
  • Add a side extension  
  • Put up a porch 
  • Construct a conservatory 
  • Build a shed 
  • Install rooflight or skylight 
  • Finally, install raised deck 

Under certain circumstances, these may need planning permission. For example, if you decide to have a complex loft conversion you will most likely need permission. 

How long does planning permission last? 

Your planning grant will eventually expire, usually in 3 years from when the permission was granted. 

What can affect you getting permission granted?  

  • Firstly, loss of privacy  
  • Loss of light/overlooking  
  • Noise 
  • Impact of a listed building  
  • Impact on conservation area 
  • Disabled access 
  • Government policy  
  • Parking  
  • Traffic  
  • Design, appearance and materials  
  • Nature conservation  
  • Previous planning decisions  
  • Proposals in development plan  
  • Layout and density of building  
  • Finally, highway safety 

What size extension can you build without planning permission? 

In addition, you can add up a home extension or conservatory up to six meters if your home is detached, without needing to apply for planning permission. 

What is the 4-year rule? 

The 4-year rule allows you to make a formal application for a certificate to determine whether your unauthorised use or development can become lawful. 

How big can a building be without planning permission? 

Maximum height of 2.5 meters. No Varadas, balconies, or raised platforms. 

What is the 7-year rule? 

Your local authority can take action against you if they find unauthorised development. However, if the development has been there for 7 years or more, legally your local authority cannot take action. 

What happens if you decide to ignore planning? 

If you do require planning but you proceed without it, you would have committed a planning breach. In the event of a planning breach, you will need to submit a retrospective application to the local council. 

Is breach of planning a criminal offence? 

Generally, enforcement. However, failure to comply with a planning enforcement notice is a criminal offense. 

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