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 government's 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).

Lawful Development Certificate

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. You can also use the Planning Portal 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 related documents section.

From 15th April 2015 permitted development rights has 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 related documents section 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.

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Can I apply to change the use of offices to student accommodation under the new prior approval rules?Can I apply to change the use of offices to student accommodation under the new prior approval rules?<div class="ExternalClass5DB5D62D72F142029C026399591F7068">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>No, these are not classed as C3 dwellings and would need full planning permission.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
Can I extend beyond the existing side wall of my property under the new rules?Can I extend beyond the existing side wall of my property under the new rules?<div class="ExternalClassBA4BD5A50FCC40E6978B9D0CDF1E7D4F">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>No, the extension cannot extend beyond the original side wall of the property or attach to an existing side extension (wrap-round).<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
I already have a 2 storey rear extension, can I extend this to 6m under the new rules?I already have a 2 storey rear extension, can I extend this to 6m under the new rules?<div class="ExternalClass07C85F45A9CE4CC9828192205BD0DE79">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>No, the new rules only apply where the extension is single storey up to 4m high.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
I have an existing single storey rear extension, can I extend this to 6m under the new rules?I have an existing single storey rear extension, can I extend this to 6m under the new rules?<div class="ExternalClass1638096D6BC742CEA74F0F14F7D83B93">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Yes, you can apply to extend upto 6m for an attached property or 8m for a detached property providing it is under 4m high.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>

 

 

Householder Prior Approval Processhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/HH Determinations web.pdf22472pdf
Titlehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Householder PD Technical Guidance April 2016.pdf738008pdf
(Industrial and warehouse developments, office buildings, shops, catering, financial or professional services establishments)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Notice of Completion Class A Developments.docx34555docx
Notice of Completion for Householder Prior Approvalhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Notice of Completion for Householder Prior Approval.docx35735docx
Prior Approval and Notification Formshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Prior Approval Applications and Prior Notifications and Completion forms.pdf26651pdf
Do I need permission leaflethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/PLN DEC02 PS5 Plan Permission 2-12LR.pdf567158pdf

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