There are works that you can do on your property that you do not need to get permission for, these are called “permitted development rights”. There are several project types that do not require any planning permission to be granted by the local planning authority because the government considers them permitted development. The permitted development laws only apply to houses meaning that flats, maisonettes and commercial buildings all require planning permission.

Naturally most people would like to know what is allowed under permitted development? It is possible to build many things under permitted development including small extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions and porches. However, in order for them to be considered permitted development they must meet certain criteria and if even one of the criteria is not met then planning permission is required.

Some projects also require prior approval from the local planning authority even though they are considered permitted development. In these cases, work must not start until the local planning authority approves the application for prior approval. It is also important to note that there are several reasons why permitted development rights may be restricted or removed.

It is highly recommended that professional advice is sought before commencing any work. If something is built under the assumption that it is considered permitted development and in future the local planning authority determines that planning permission is in fact required an enforcement notice may be issued. Retrospective planning permission would need to be obtained, it could incur penalties and if planning permission is refused the local planning authority may order it to be demolished.

If you would like to find out whether your project could be considered permitted development contact us today to speak with one of our expert planning consultants for a planning appraisal. Studio Charrette are one of the governments trusted partners for the planning portal with every local planning authority referring enquiries for planning permission, architectural design and building regulations through to us. Our expert planning consultants can advise you to make sure whether your project is permitted development or requires planning permission it is compliant and avoids any retrospective planning issues.

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