Some types of development do not need planning permission. This is called 'permitted development'.
Please note: A recent High Court judgement has found that the advice in the DCLG “Permitted Development for Householders - Technical Guidance” document is incorrect in relation to one of the conditions for permitted development roof extensions. The High Court has found that that the 20cm set back should be measured from the closest point of the projecting eaves, which is the intersection with the wall, rather than from the outer edge of the projecting eaves (as advised by the above DCLG Technical Guidance document).
From 30th May 2013, new rights for permitted development will come into force using a 'Prior Approval Process'. These allow the change from B1(a) office to C3 residential for a period of three years; allow A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2 uses to change temporarily to A1, A2, A3 or B1 for a period of two years; and increasing the size of permitted rear single storey extensions to homes. For full details please refer to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013. You will need to formally apply to us using the forms available from the Documents part of the page, submitting the relevant information. The rules can change so you should check what the latest position is before you begin to build.
- Prior Approval form for changes of use for Class J from offices to dwellings, Class K state funded schools and Class M flexible uses in agricultural buildings
- Prior Notification for change of use Class D (A1-5, B1, D1 & 2 to A1-3 and B1) and Class M (agricultural under 150 sq m) to flexible use
- Completion Notification for Class A developments
A form is available to apply for a larger single storey rear extension with a guidance note to complete the form.
Information on the Householder Prior Approval process is available from the Documents part of the page.
Interactive guides on permitted development are available on External links.
If you want us to tell you whether you need permission we offer this service for a fee. Please complete the form on the Documents part of the page and pay your fee. We will check this and send you a letter within 10 working days telling you whether you need permission or not.
However if you want a formal planning decision you can apply for a Certificate of Proposed Lawful Development.
Even if you do not need planning permission you may still need Building Regulations consent, please check from the Related Pages.
Local Development Orders in the Aire Valley area
These Orders effectively extend permitted development rights for certain types of developments in this area - refer to the Related Page for more information and the forms.