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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. ​

If you want us to tell you whether you need permission we offer this service for a fee. Please complete the Permitted Development Enquiry Form in the Documents section on this 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 including for Proposed Works to a Listed Building.

Even if you do not need planning permission 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 with a guidance note 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 or £172 if it includes building work, 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. 

Completion Notification for Class A developments is also available from the Documents part of the page.

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.​​​​​

Can 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.

I 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.

I 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.

Can 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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