Planning permission is generally required for most new construction projects, significant alterations to existing buildings or changing the use of a building (i.e. from a single dwelling into flats). Internal alterations and small external changes (such as putting up a low fence) do not normally require planning consent, though there are more stringent rules for listed buildings and in conservation areas.
Some small extensions and alterations to residential properties may be considered as Permitted Development and will therefore not require formal planning permission. If you’re unsure if the proposed works require Planning Permission then feel free to contact us to see the best way to proceed.
To apply for planning permission, you will need to provide a full set of planning drawings to the Local Planning Authority along with a completed application form, payment of the relevant fee and other required site information dependant on the nature of the proposed work. We can produce all of the required plans and supporting information and liaise with planning officers on your behalf throughout the planning process.
Planning approval may be granted outright, conditions may be applied (such as restricting the hours of use of business premises) or a planning application may be rejected. You can negotiate minor objections, submit a new application taking into account concerns raised by the local authority or appeal a decision that goes against you.
Carrying out a building project without planning permission can be disastrous. Although you may be able to apply for retrospective planning approval, you could face refusal and a requirement to demolish unapproved premises or cease activities that are not permitted.