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Permitted Development

7 Things To Consider With Your Next Project


Through Permitted Development rights, homeowners can perform specific home improvement projects without applying for planning permission. The formal legislation stipulates details on the type of projects that can be fast-tracked and provides guidance and limitations on allowable work.

These rights encompass various projects, large or small. They can help you get projects done quickly, without going through the planning permission process, if your project falls within the specified limitations. While this can benefit homeowners, learning the details on what is or is not allowed and the intricacies of the legislation can be a daunting task, leaving you with more questions than answers.


So, whether you are considering installing a fence, constructing decking, or building an extension to your home, keep these things in mind during the process:


1. Property Location

Restrictions apply for homes located in Designated Areas, such as Conservation Areas or National Parks. If your property is within these areas, you may need to get your plans reviewed and approved before starting the work. Be sure to contact your council if you are uncertain whether your home falls under one of these Designated Areas.


2. Limitation or Withdrawal of Rights.

These rights can either be limited or withdrawn altogether if they could cause significant impacts on their surroundings. For example, suppose alterations to an existing dwelling or construction of a new building within your property cause an environmental impact to their surroundings. You will have to apply for a review and approval of your plans before proceeding with any work.


3. Work Classification

The Permitted Development order has Parts, which are subdivided into Classes. Two of the most used classifications are Class A and Class B. Class A discusses improvements to dwellings including alterations, and extensions to the existing structure. Class B involves roof additions up to 50 cubic meters in volume. Other classes cover alterations to existing roofs, porches, chimneys, and more.


4. Internal and External Work

Permitted Development covers internal and external work. Included in this are rear extensions, satellite and antenna installation, internal changes, porches, loft conversions, solar panels, skylights, and dormer windows.


5. Not covered by Permitted Development

Permitted Development will not cover any work carried out on a listed property, or you may face heavy restrictions in the work that you can do. Permitted Development is also not applicable when building a new property or converting a single dwelling into multiple units.


6. Strict Building Regulations

Navigating the review and approval process for work under these rights does not mean you have complete creative freedom on your project. Any work performed must still meet set standards, and not doing so could be a costly mistake in the long term. Projects as simple as window or door replacements still have limitations and guidelines to follow; ensure you research the specifics of your project while in the planning phase.


7. Lawful Development Certificate

A Lawful Development Certificate will confirm that the work you are planning to perform falls within the allowable scope set by the Permitted Development rights. Applying for this certificate is not a requirement. Still, it can be a helpful tool to give you peace of mind that your work is completed following the law and prevent issues throughout your project.


While the Permitted Development has facilitated homeowners to perform home improvements quickly, it can certainly be a challenge to understand if you are unfamiliar with the legislation and terminology. Therefore, the local councils encourage seeking professional assistance to ensure the guidelines are followed and help your project go smoothly and follow the order.




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