If planning permission is required it can be very helpful to seek our advice about your planning proposals before submitting your actual application. This might involve meeting with us or just sending us your proposals for us to comment. This can help to overcome potential difficulties and make sure your application deals with all the important planning considerations. Full details of how this service works can be found in our Pre-Planning Application Advice [213kb] leaflet. Please note that VAT is applicable to the Pre-Planning Advice service.
The benefits of pre-planning application advice
- Identify the relevant guidance and policy considerations
- Identify site constraints and opportunities
- Identify proposals which have a reasonable prospect of success as well as those that are likely to be unacceptable
- Reduce time and cost if/when pursuing an application
- Ensure you provide the correct information to support an application
Is permission required for your proposed development?
Certain small developments do not require permission; this is called "permitted development". It is your responsibility as the owner/developer to establish the need or otherwise for planning permission. The Planning Portal Interactive House, provides a visual guide to the permitted development rights for houses and further information about Permitted Development Rights can be found on the Planning Portal - Permitted Development Rights page. Permitted Development Rights are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order.
Please note that the Council does not offer a service to advise whether permission is required or not. If you are uncertain or require formal confirmation that a development does not require planning permission and is lawful, you should apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development.
There are different requirements for Permitted Development if the property is a listed building, please see our Listed Building page.
The installation of solar panels and equipment on residential buildings and land may be 'permitted development' with no need to apply to the Local Planning Authority for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from these permitted development rights. For further information please read our Planning Advice on Solar Panels [223kb] leaflet.