Planning Permission

The following are common examples of when a householder will need to apply for Planning Permission:

  • You want to make additions or extensions to a house, flat or maisonette (if outside the scope of Permitted Development Rights, see below)
  • You want to divide part of your house for business or commercial use (e.g. a workshop)
  • You want to divide part of your house for use as a separate home (e.g. a self- contained flat or bedsit)
  • You want to build a separate house in your garden

Permitted Development Rights

If you are a householder, you can make certain types of minor changes to your home without having to apply for Planning Permission. These rights are called Permitted Development rights.

Generally the extent to which you are permitted to develop are as follows:

  • for a terrace house, the volume of the "original house" would not be increased by more than 10% or 50 cubic metres (whichever is the greatest)
  • for any other kind of house, the volume of the "original house" would not be increased by more than 15% or 70 cubic metres (whichever is the greatest)

IMPORTANT: The advise above is a general overview of the Planning laws laid down by the Local Authorities, and is in no way a comprehensive guide.

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