Our Enquiry service will confirm if a planning application is required for your project. We will investigate the planning history and if an application is required, provide any requirements to assist you with your submission. We do charge £60 for this service and unfortunately we are unable to process your enquiry until payment of the fee is received).
It makes good sense for you to do this for:
- your own peace of mind
- record purposes when selling your property
- when raising finance on your property
- to show anyone who questions your proposal
Most additions and alterations to flats will need planning permission but you may use our enquiry to see if a planning application is required.
Please complete our Exemption Form 1 - Householders form.
The Planning Portal also provides a number of Interactive house guides regarding common projects. You can also find out about what you need to consider at each stage of your project.
Non householder development
If you are enquiry relates to commercial development (e.g.: adverts and signs or industrial buildings) please complete our Exemption Form 2 - Commercial form.
Note: Permitted Development Rights withdrawn - You should also note that the local authority may have removed some of your permitted development rights as part of a previous planning application decision. This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one. As part of our Enquiry service, we will check if you are not sure.
Lawful Development Certificates
If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission you can also apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. This is not the same as planning permission but it is proof that your household building work is lawful, it is a legally binding document and would be of use to you if you sell the property.
It is your responsibility to seek planning permission. If required, planning permission and building regulation approval should be granted before work begins. If you build something without planning permission that needs it, you may be forced to put things right later. You may even have to remove an unauthorised building.
You can pay the fee here. (Exemption Forms 1 or 2)
Data protection and privacy
We are committed to protecting your personal data and privacy.
The personal information you provide to us will only be used to process the application you have made to us.