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Permitted development - do I need planning permission

Some types of development do not need planning permission. This is called 'permitted development'. The rules can change so you should check what the latest position is before you begin to build. A range of interactive guides are available covering some of the common building projects together with the guide to permitted development for householders (PDF 269KB).

From 1 April 2017, the permitted development enquiry service will no longer be provided. Instead if you want the certainty 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’. You can apply for this certificate and get more information on Lawful Development Certificates on the Planning Portal. Use the Planning Portal also for Applications for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Works to a listed building (PDF 281KB).

You may still need Building Regulations consent, please check the Related Pages section for further information.

A form is available to apply for a larger single storey rear extension (PDF 232KB) with a guidance note (PDF 59KB) to complete the form. Information on the Householder Prior Approval process used to make a decision on these is available from the Documents part of the page.

From 15th April 2015 permitted development rights been amended and extended including changes which use the Prior Approval process where you formally apply to us. There is a fee of £80 for these applications. The number of Prior Notification processes has also increased. Please refer to the Documents part of the page for a full list and links to the forms, including the form for Completion Notification for Class A developments.


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 Pages section for more information and the forms.



Contact us

You can contact us by emailing dec@leeds.gov.uk or calling 0113 2224409.

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Click to expandCan I apply to change the use of offices to student accommodation under the new prior approval rules?

No, these are not classed as C3 dwellings and would need full planning permission.

Click to expandI already have a 2 storey rear extension, can I extend this to 6m under the new rules?

No, the new rules only apply where the extension is single storey up to 4m high.

Click to expandI have an existing single storey rear extension, can I extend this to 6m under the new rules?

Yes, you can apply to extend upto 6m for an attached property or 8m for a detached property providing it is under 4m high.

Click to expandCan I extend beyond the existing side wall of my property under the new rules?

No, the extension cannot extend beyond the original side wall of the property or attach to an existing side extension (wrap-round).

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