One of the most common questions we get asked is “What am I allowed to build?”. The Government has pulled together guidelines to help you decide. The reality is that there are some obvious rules that can be adhered to and some that are ambiguous. The honest truth is that a disgruntled neighbour or passer-by will be the people that bring your building to the local council’s attention. We always say if there is any doubt, get a letter of consent from the council that states that you don’t need planning permission. It’s typically a double-sided form sometimes called a “Do I need planning permission?” form that the local planning office will use to provide a quick scan of the building, where it is on your site and check the deeds for any provisions that may be on the property and grounds. They typically turn your application around in a few weeks, is only a few tens of pounds and you get a piece of paper giving the go ahead.
To help you get some clarity, click on the PDF document below to read the Government Permitted Development guidelines on what’s allowed (Permitted development rights allow householders to improve and extend their homes without the need to apply for planning permission where that would be out of proportion with the impact of works carried out). For further information, visit our FAQ page.