Householder planning applications

This section provides basic guidance on planning permission for people who are considering extending or altering their homes.

From 1st October 2008 new regulations were introduced that affect householders. Generally, the size of minor alterations that can be carried out without needing planning permission has been expanded. However, there are new controls to ensure that new areas of hard surface do not increase the risk of flooding in an area.

All the following areas of development may be subject to a planning application:

  • New builds
  • Conservatories
  • Patios and decking
  • House extensions
  • Flue, chimney or soil and vent pipe
  • Fuel tanks
  • Garage conversions
  • Loft conversions
  • Driveways and dropped kerbs
  • Paving and front gardens
  • Roofs

Getting advice

We strongly recommend that you use our pre-application enquiry service to determine whether your specific proposal would be permitted development or would need planning permission. By using this service you will receive written confirmation about whether or not your proposal needs planning permission and also advice from Building Control about their requirements. This reply is particularly useful for future transactions relating to the sale or purchase of your property.

Do I need planning permission?

The Planning Portal's interactive visual household guide gives advice on common household projects.

The links below will take you to the interactive house:

These guides will help you determine if planning permission is required for any of the works you propose.

Informal Advice

We provide a duty officer every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9am to 1pm in The Civic on Eldon Street, where you can get free professional advice from one of our planning officers.

Please note that this duty officer service will close at The Civic on Wednesday 30 March 2016. It will re-open on Friday 01 April 2016 at Wellington House (1st floor) and opening hours will then be from 9:30am to 1pm.

Submitting a Planning Application

For help with submitting a planning application, please click the following link: A Guide to Submitting a Planning Application

Viewing Planning Applications On Line and Submitting Comments

You are now able to view any validated planning applications on line via Planning Explorer. This system also enables you to submit any comments on indivdual planning applications.

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