Check if you need permission

Before you apply for planning permission to make changes to your home, it is important to check if you need permission. If you complete works without planning permission you may have to remove your alterations and may even be reported for breaching planning control.

Check if you need planning permission on the Planning Portal

Article 4 Directions

Some developments will have Article 4 Directions attached which means that the projects will need planning permission for works would not normally be needed.

View dwellings with Article 4 Directions

Permitted development

Certain works will count as permitted development and won’t need planning permission.

Permitted development will be more restricted if they’re in:

  • a conservation area
  • a national park
  • an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • a World Heritage Site

For more guidance on what is permitted for specific projects, view the Planning Portal’s mini guides.

The usual permissions may not be granted for:

  • works in a conservation area
  • listed buildings
  • works affected by additional requirement due to an Article 4 Direction
  • dropped kerbs
  • larger home extensions
  • works to a tree under a Tree Preservation Order (TPO)

Find out if your work is to a listed building or in a conservation area

Works on or near a main river

You’ll need our consent to carry out works in, on, over, under or near an ordinary watercourse or main river. Contact us to discuss your application and check if you need permission by emailing us at or phoning 01634 333 333.