Do I need planning permission?
If you’re planning to develop your home or commercial premises, or to build within the district, then you may need planning permission. However, permitted development rights apply to many common projects.
For an informal view, complete one of our self-assessment forms below. These have been developed to assess whether or not you need planning permission. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question then planning permission is required and you should visit our planning process and services page for advice on what to do next.
The Planning Portal provides a number of interactive house guides regarding common projects, including information on what you’ll need to consider at each stage of your project.
You can seek a formal view on whether planning permission is needed by applying for a lawful development certificate via the Planning Portal. This is a legal document and can be useful when you come to sell your home.
You’ll always require planning permission for any change-of-use from public open space land or an amenity area to residential use and for erecting any fencing that facilitates this. Most additions and alterations to flats will also need planning permission.
Planning permission self-assessment forms
Self assessment form A - extensions (PDF File, 654kb) [PDF] - attached to the dwelling. Includes conservatories, garages etc. and alterations to include windows, verandas, balconies
Self assessment form B - outbuildings (PDF File, 652kb) [PDF] - includes sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels, enclosures (including tennis courts) and containers for domestic heating
Self assessment form C - porches (PDF File, 485kb) [PDF] - on an external door of a house
Self assessment form D - roof alteration (PDF File, 519kb) [PDF] - includes additions or alterations to a roof including dormers, roof extensions, roof lights, reroofing
Self assessment form F - hard standing kerb gate (PDF File, 525kb) [PDF] - drives, hardstandings, walls, fences, gates, access, dropped kerbs, etc.
Self assessment form G - microwave antenna (PDF File, 493kb) [PDF] – satellite dishes
These forms do not tell you if you need Building Regulations approval, which comes under different legislation. You’ll find advice on this from our Local Authority Building Control Partnership, East Midlands Building Consultancy (EMBC).
Removal of permitted development rights
Be aware that some of your permitted development rights may have been removed 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.
We're able to advise you whether or not permitted development rights have been withdrawn for a fee of £40. Simply send us an email of your address (and if available, relevant planning application reference) including a site location plan showing the property extent to email@example.com. We aim to respond to you within 10 working days of receiving your enquiry.
COVID-19 has presented a wide range of challenges to the safe and ongoing operation of many businesses and organisations. This includes the need for some businesses to create temporary spaces to allow adequate social distancing.
Our temporary structures page provides more information on the planning requirements of such spaces.