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Permitted Development Rights

Many councils allow permitted development rights for extensions under what is called, yes you guessed it: permitted development, meaning you do not need to seek Planning Permission. This means you’re allowed to extend your home within the permitted rules such as size, height and distance from the boundary of your land whether that be a house extension or a loft conversion. They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. Similarly, commercial properties have different permitted development rights to dwellings. In some areas of the country, known generally as ‘designated areas’, permitted development rights are more restricted. For example, if you live in:

  • a Conservation Area
  • a National Park
  • an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • a World Heritage Site or
  • the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads,

you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas. There are also different requirements if the property is a listed building.