Quick guide to planning

Understanding whether planning permission is required

Have I got permitted development rights to extend / alter my house?

Visit the Planning Portal for Information about Permitted Development Rights.

Do I need permission to drop the kerb to provide vehicular access?

Visit the dropped kerbs section on our website for full information.

What is the planning history of the site / premises?

Planning site history is the record of all planning applications and decisions attached to a site. Our Interactive Map allows you to search planning files, decision notices and the planning history on a site.

Do I need planning permission for a change of use?

Information regarding the Use Classes Order is available on the Planning Portal website. In the first instance please review the Planning Portal information. If you are unable to establish the information you require and you would like us to advise whether a proposed change of use requires planning permission a pre-application enquiry should be submitted.

Do I need to apply for change of use for amenity land to garden?

The change of use of amenity land to enclosed garden land would be considered a change of use. If you require further information about your proposal, a pre-application enquiry should be submitted.

Is planning permission needed to rent my property out?

Planning permission may be required if you are going to use your property as a House of Multiple Occupation (i.e. occupied by a number of individual residents rather than a family). It is not required if you are renting your property out for a single household / family. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you need planning permission for this purpose, please submit a pre-application enquiry.

Can I receive pre-application advice?

Yes, we offer a pre-application advice service to potential applicants, in which we will assign an officer to review all the policies that your proposals will be judged against, such as whether your house is in a conservation area or is a listed building and to make a judgement on the acceptability of your proposal.

You can gather your own information through the website and you may wish to refer to the Interactive Map, which has information on the policies relating to your area, and want to check what other people have applied for in the area through the planning application database.

There is a fee for this service.

Where can I find out information about planning permission?

The Planning applications and appeals – quick search page allows you to search for planning applications that have been registered and determined by us. The data that is displayed on these pages is updated daily.