What Home Improvements Can I Do With Out Planning Permission?
Planning permission can be rather difficult and a complex subject and not always the easiest to understand. It is always advisable to check with your local authority before you carry out any home improvement projects, but to give you some insight before you start any renovations we have put together a small guide which should save you time and money.
It is the home owner’s responsibility to apply for planning permission. You do this at your local planning authority, you submit your plans and these are either granted (there may be conditions attached) or refused.
Home Improvements With Out Planning Permission
Small Extensions – you can extend or add to your property without planning if you meet a set of limits and conditions, check with the planning office before you start a project. This includes conservatories, sheds and garages.
Security Alarms – If you live in a listed building or conservation area you should check first but other properties shouldn’t require planning.
Fascia – unless as above you live in a listed building or conservation area planning should not be required for replacement or maintenance such as painting.
Loft Conversations and Internal Changes – As long as you are not extending your roof space or living in a listed building, permission should not be required.
Home Improvements With Planning Permission
Large Extensions – If the extension covers more than half the land around the original house and if it is higher than the existing building planning will be required.
Walls, Fences and Gates – If it is going to be over one metre high and next to the highway planning will be required and everywhere else if it is going to be over 2 metres high.
Home Improvements With Provisos
Solar Panels – Usually allowed without planning however there are exceptions and provisos which need to be followed, always check before installation.
Porches – If the porch ground area is more than three square metres, the height is more than 3 metres above ground level and would be less than 2 meters away from the boundary of a dwelling house then planning would be needed.
Windows and Doors – You don’t usually need planning if you are replacing similar windows and doors however a bay window is treated like an extension and therefore may require permission.
Paving – You can replace your driveway of any size if you use permeable surfacing and rain water can drain away without planning. But if you cover more than 5 metres with materials that doesn’t let the water drain you will need planning.
Fuel Tanks – Small fuel tanks can be installed without planning, however permission is required in certain circumstances. If you live in a listed building planning will be required.
For more information visit the Governments Planning Portal website.