Do I need Planning Permission?

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In the UK, planning permission is required for various types of development and changes to properties such as extensions or updating your doors and windows.

The specific circumstances that require planning permission can vary, so it’s important to consult with your local planning authority or a professional architect or planner to determine the requirements for your specific situation. However, here are some common cases where planning permission is typically required:

New Buildings or Extensions:

Planning permission is usually necessary for the construction of new buildings, including residential, commercial, or industrial structures. It also applies to significant extensions or additions to existing buildings, such as adding extra floors or enlarging the footprint of the property.

Change of Use:

If you intend to change the use of a property, such as converting a residential building into commercial premises or vice versa, planning permission is generally required. This also applies to changes within certain use classes, such as converting a shop to a restaurant.

Alterations to Listed Buildings:

If your property is listed or located within a conservation area, any alterations, both internal and external, will typically require planning permission. Listed buildings have special historical or architectural significance and are subject to strict regulations to preserve their character – especially when updating the windows or doors.

Permitted Development Restrictions:

Permitted development rights allow certain types of minor alterations or additions without the need for planning permission. However, these rights are subject to specific limitations and conditions. If your proposed development falls outside the scope of permitted development, you will need to apply for planning permission.

Change to the External Appearance:

External changes to a property, such as the installation of new windows, aluminium sliding doors, aluminium bifold doors, cladding, or satellite dishes, often require planning permission. This is to ensure that the changes are in line with the local area’s character and do not negatively impact neighbouring properties or the overall streetscape.

Large-scale Infrastructure Projects:

Major infrastructure projects, such as airports, highways, power plants, or wind farms, generally require planning permission due to their significant impact on the environment and surrounding areas.

It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other circumstances where planning permission is required. Local planning authorities have specific guidelines and policies in place, so it’s advisable to consult with them early in the planning process to ensure compliance with the regulations. Feel free to call or email our team if you have any questions.