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Permitted Development - Home Improvements



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Permitted development rights are a type of planning permission that allow certain building works and changes to be made to a property without the need to apply for full planning permission. These rights, which are granted by the government, apply to both residential and commercial properties and are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended.

Permitted development rights can be a great option for homeowners who are looking to make improvements to their property, as they provide a streamlined and cost-effective way to carry out building work without the need to go through the full planning process. There are many types of building work that are covered by permitted development rights, including:


  • Extensions to a property

  • Changes to the use of a property, such as converting a garage into a wearable room

  • Erecting certain types of outbuildings, such as sheds and greenhouses

  • Installing or altering windows and doors

  • Adding or altering a porch


In addition to the above, there are also several types of home improvements that are generally covered by permitted development rights, including:


  • Loft conversions

  • Basement conversions

  • Erecting fences, walls, and gates

  • Installing satellite dishes


It's important to note that not all building work is covered by permitted development rights, and in some cases, full planning permission will be required. This is often the case for larger developments or if the property is located in a conservation area or other designated area. To determine whether your proposed building works are covered by permitted development rights, you can call us for more information. We will be able to advise you on whether your proposed home improvements are likely to be granted permission under permitted development rights or if you will need to apply for full planning permission.

There are also several conditions that must be met in order for building work to be covered by permitted development rights. For example, extensions must generally be single storey and must not extend more than 3 meters beyond the rear wall of the original house for a terraced or semi-detached property, or 4 meters for a detached property. The maximum height of the extension must not exceed 4 meters, and the materials used in the construction must be similar in appearance to those of the original house.

Even if your proposed building works are covered by permitted development rights, you may still need to comply with other regulations, such as building regulations. These regulations set out the minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure they are safe and energy efficient.

If you are unsure whether your proposed building works are covered by permitted development rights or if you need to apply for full planning permission, it's always best to consult with a planning professional such as us. We will be able to advise you on the best course of action and can help you to navigate the planning process.

In summary, permitted development rights can be a great option for homeowners who are looking to make improvements to their property. They provide a streamlined and cost-effective way to carry out building work without the need to go through the full planning process. However, it's important to carefully check whether your proposed building works are covered by permitted development rights and to seek advice if you are unsure. With the right planning and advice, you can make the most of your home and add value to your property.

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