Guidance notes for homeowners wanting to understand their Permitted Development Rights

The Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government has published a useful guidance note aimed at explaining to homeowners what building works can be carried out to dwelling houses under their permitted development rights.

Permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allow certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without having to make a planning application.

The guidance note contains advice and examples with diagrams showing certain works that are commonly carried out by homeowners and which are permissible without planning permission.  The areas of works covered in the note are separated in to the following headings:

  • Enlargement, improvement or alteration
  • Additions to the roof
  • Other alterations to the roof
  • Porches
  • Buildings
  • Hard surfaces Chimney and flues
  • Microwave antenna

It is worth noting that even strict adherence to the guidance in the Government’s note does not necessarily constitute evidence that planning permission would not be required in any given circumstances, as permitted development rights can have been removed by the local planning authority or not be available in certain areas (for example in a Conservation Area).  For this reason we would advise anyone considering carrying out building works or extending their home to take advice either from a local planning officer or from an architect or planning consultant.

If in doubt home owners can also apply for a ‘Lawful Development Certificate’ from the local planning authority.

It should also be remembered that there could be title restrictions or covenants registered against the title to the property that might prohibit development or alterations.

For advice on the content of your title register and its effect on your proposed development or building works, or if you would like us to recommend an architect or planning consultant, please contact Carl Langley .