Planning permission

1. Find out if you need planning permission

Some types of development do not need planning permission. This is called permitted development.

It is your responsibility to find out if you need planning permission or not.

You can find out more about whether you need planning permission on some of the most common types of projects such as loft conversions, porches and smaller single storey house extensions.

If you’re still not sure if you need to apply for planning permission then you can make an enquiry for pre application advice.

Some properties have the permitted development rights removed or restricted, which means you may have to apply for planning permission. Please contact us for this information.

For some work which is permitted development, you will still need to notify us through the prior approvals process

If your development is greater than 100 square metres of net additional floorspace you may need to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy and notify us before development starts.

Retrospective planning permission

If you have built something that requires planning permission and you have not had approval, we may ask you to submit a retrospective planning application for the work that you have already carried out. This does not mean that permission will automatically be granted.

You can apply for retrospective planning permission on the Planning Portal.

Apply for retrospective planning permission onlineExternal link

How to get proof that your development is legal

This is often most useful if you are selling your house or a piece of land. You can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) to get proof that:

  • the existing use of or work to a building is lawful for planning purposes and didn’t need planning permission
  • your proposed use or development of a building does not require planning permission

More details about how and when to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate are available on the Planning Portal.

See the relevant checklist for details of what you need to include with your application:

The Planning Portal also has information on how to get a certificate for a listed building.

Houses in multiple occupation

Permitted development rights have been removed for the conversion of a dwelling house into a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in some wards. If you wish to apply for a HMO in one of the following areas, you will need to make a planning application.

  • Adel and Wharfedale
  • Armley
  • Beeston Hill and Holbeck
  • Bramley and Stanningley
  • Burmantofts and Richmond Hill
  • Chapel Allerton
  • City and Hunslet
  • Gipton and Harehills
  • Headingley
  • Horsforth
  • Hyde Park and Woodhouse
  • Kirkstall
  • Moortown
  • Roundhay and Weetwood

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