If you don’t feel you have the skills, time or budget for a planning application process you could consider arranging your planned work so it falls within permitted development rights (no planning permission required)
Some loft conversions and property alterations can be considered under the permitted development rights.
Points to note if you are considering this as an option:
- Check whether your property is within an area where the rights are more restricted (i.e. Conservation Areas, Article 4 Directions or National Parks)
- Check whether your property had its permitted development rights removed when it was built – the Council will be able to advise you on this, but may charge you for this service.
- You may still need to get building regulations approval for any work – this may well still apply even if planning permission has not been sought.
- Check the Planning Portal for England’s Interactive House – this can give you an idea as to whether or not your property alterations would require planning permission.
As with every part of the planning process, it’s best to do your research and get advice from the local authority if you’re unsure about what you can do. Even if your alterations are permitted development and don’t require planning permission it is worth getting this in writing from your local authority for future conveyancing purposes. It is important to note that most Councils charge for this service.
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