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Pre-Planning Advice - Do I need planning permission?

Certain small developments do not require planning permission. Find out if your proposed development does.

Is permission required for your proposed development?

Certain small developments do not require permission. If you have doubts, or if you would like formal confirmation that a development does not require planning permission and is lawful, you should apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

The Planning Portal Interactive House, provides a visual guide to the permitted development rights for houses.

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 pdf icon Pre-Planning Application Advice [96kb] leaflet. Please note that VAT is applicable to the Pre-Planning Advice service.

If your property is a Listed Building you may need to apply for Listed building consent. You can find this out by using our Interactive Mapping Online system.

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If you are looking to demolish a building in a conservation area please view our Conservation Areas page.

Solar Panels

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 pdf icon Planning Advice on Solar Panels [132kb] leaflet.