If you’re thinking of doing some work to your home, or you want to carry out some building work, you might need permission. Here is everything you will need to know to get started.
If you already know you need permission or you already know how it works, check out our pages about getting your application underway.
The best place to start is the Planning Portal. It is an independent website that explains everything you need to know about planning permission. It includes:
We aim to make a decision on other and minor applications within eight weeks, and major applications within 13 weeks or 16 weeks if they include an Environmental Impact Assessment.
Here’s a quick explanation of what we mean by major and minor applications.
It depends on what kind of application you need to make – there is a fee calculator on the Planning Portal. The government sets the fees and you can pay for your application online through the Planning Portal.
Some larger applications will mean you have to pay something known as Community Infrastructure Levy, or CIL. This is not normally the case for household improvements, unless you’re planning an entirely new building. You can find out more about the Community Infrastructure Levy here.
We will write to your neighbours and invite them to comment on your application. Sometimes we will display a notice where the work is due to take place. Depending on the application, we will invite comments from organisations like the Environment Agency, the county council, your local parish council and English Heritage.
Here are some other things that might mean you have to put in a different kind of application, or might affect your chances of getting permission.