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Development not needing planning permission
Some development of a minor nature can be carried out without
the need to obtain planning permission. This is known as permitted
Most development of this sort is for work carried
out in your home. Applications for planning permission to
carry out domestic work constitute the largest single category of
applications dealt with by the council (approximately 40 per cent
of the total).
On 1 October 2008, the government introduced changes to
householder permitted development rights. The criteria for
permitted development are set out in the Town and
Country Planning (General Permitted Development)
(Amendment)(No.2)(England) Order 2008.
For a guide on whether work to a house requires planning
permission, you can view the Interactive House
at the governments one-stop planning website - the Planning Portal.
If you think your proposal does not require planning permission
you should submit an application for a
certificate of lawful use/development. It is best to do this
before carrying out work because the regulations are complex.
Particular care must be taken if the house is either a listed
building, within a conservation area, affected by an Article 4 Direction or in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Some properties in Medway have further restrictions on the work
that can be carried out without planning permission.
For example, some developments had conditions imposed when they
were built that restrict the permitted development rights that
relate to the property. For a formal decision on whether your
proposal requires planning permission or not you will need to
submit an application for a certificate of lawful development/use.
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