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 6 April 2014 permitted development rights have been extended for some changes of use using a Prior Approval process where you formally apply to us. There is a fee for these applications which are:
Class J from offices to dwellings, Class K state funded schools/registered nursery, Class M flexible uses in agricultural buildings, Class MA agricultural building to state funded school/registered nursery, Class MB agricultural building to dwelling and Class IA Class A1 and A2 to dwelling. Please note: from 31 July 2014 the fee for Class MB and Class IA with building work is increased from £80 to £172. New guidance has been issued for changes of use of agricultural building on 6 March 2015.
There is also a Prior Notification process for the following changes of use and forms are available from the Documents part of the page.
Class D (A1-5, B1, D1 & 2 to A1-3 and B1), Class M (agricultural under 150 sq m) to flexible use and Class CA from A1 to bank, building society, credit union or friendly society.
- Completion Notification for Class A developments are 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.