CAN YOU EXTEND YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT A PLANNING APPLICATION?
Certain works can be undertaken on houses in England without the need to apply for planning permission.
PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS FOR DWELLINGHOUSES
One of the most commonly used areas of the planning system by lay members of the public and often a source of controversy and confusion, Schedule 2, Part 1 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) grants permission for a range of extensions and alterations to ‘dwelling houses’ through use of residential ‘permitted development’ rights.
Below is a list of common householder projects that might fall within Schedule 2, Part 1 of the GPDO 2015.
Click on the images for information on permitted development rights for specific projects:
This is a common type of project that people often get caught out on. Planning rules governing new hardstandings and driveways in England are surprisingly restrictive with conditions that need to be followed regarding their construction.
You can normally convert an existing garage to living accommodation without the need for a planning application. HOWEVER - you need to check conditions and restrictions that may apply to your house.
FURTHER INFORMATION – AND WHAT ABOUT PROJECTS TO FLATS AND OTHER PREMISES?
Permitted development rights under Part 1 apply only to houses – they do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. Check out our guides to non-householder PD rights.
Permitted development rights within Conservation Areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, World Heritage Sites or The Broads are more restrictive than in other areas.
If a development is over 100 sq m, it may be liable for a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
There may be conditions on a previous planning permission or other local restrictions, such as Article 4 Directions, which may limit or remove permitted development rights in some instances.
To determine whether planning permission is required for development, seek professional advice or clarification from the local planning authority before work starts.
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