If you are concerned about a development, you can check our Public Access system to see if permission has been granted and if there are any conditions attached to it. Please include the planning reference number in any complaint if relevant.
Some development does not need planning permission. This type of development is known as ‘permitted development’. Residential dwellings have an array of permitted development rights particularly in relation to single storey extensions and outbuildings. Further information on permitted development rights for householders is available on our 'do I need planning permission?' page.
A number of mini guides are also available for the most common projects.
Some commercial development is also considered to be permitted development, further information is also available on our 'do I need planning permission?' page.
|Unauthorised works and uses||Time period|
|Building, engineering and other operations||Four years|
|Where there is a change of use from a building to a dwelling||Four years|
|All other changes of use||Ten years|
|Breaches of planning conditions||Ten years|