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:
Permitted development rights for front extensions are quite restrictive, but there are limited instances where a planning application can be avoided
There are separate rules for porches to external doors - irrespective of where they are on a house, subject to certain criteria being met
You may be surprised at how large an extension a the rear of a house can be without the need for a planning application
Side extensions can often be contentious where they are close to boundaries with neighbours, but can be built without planning applications in certain circumstances
LOFT CONVERSIONS AND ROOF EXTENSIONS
You can't extend the roof at the front of a house without a planning application, but PD Rights are quite generous for proposals at the rear of a property
OTHER ROOF ALTERATIONS, RE-ROOFING, SKYLIGHTS
You can usually re-roof and insert skylights without the need for a planning application, but there are cases where you must apply
HARDSTANDINGS / PATIOS / DRIVEWAYS
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.
DECKING AND OTHER RAISED PLATFORMS
Planning applications sometimes need to be made where proposals for new decking or raised platforms are over a certain size
CHIMNEYS, FLUES, SOIL AND VENT PIPES
Planning permission is needed for chimneys, flues or other pipes depending on their size and position on a house
GARAGES, SHEDS AND OTHER OUTBUILDINGS
You might be surprised at just how huge buildings in gardens or curtilages of houses can be without the need for a planning application
CONVERTING A GARAGE TO LIVING ACCOMMODATION
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.
SATELLITE DISHES AND OTHER MICROWAVE ANTENNAE
Be careful with that new satellite dish - depending upon the size of the dish and where you want to put it, you might need a planning application!
SOLAR PANELS AND OTHER MICRO-GENERATION EQUIPMENT
Rules for installing pv solar cells, domestic windmills, heat pumps and flues
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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