How to apply for Planning Permission

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How to apply for Planning Permission

When extending when your home or building a new home, you may need to apply for planning permission.  If you are building a Summer House or an outbuilding, you should make sure whether you need to apply for planning permission and/or building control.  If you are not sure whether you will need it, watch the Local Authority Building Control LABC’s guidance below:

How to apply

What you will need:

  • Drawings of your build from your agent/architect to submit online.
  • Structural steel calculations (if you are installing a loft conversion/any form of extension).  Speak to your agent/architect as they may be able to recommend someone to you.
  • If you have an agent, builder or architect, they may be able to process this application for you.

If you are doing this yourself:

  1. Contact your local authority here.
  2. Using the search bar within your local authorities website, type the words “planning applications“.
  3. Click on the planning applications tab.  You should now have a variety of options to choose from.  You will find guidance on whether or not you need planning permission and who to contact for pre-application advice.  You will also find links to a householder’s guide to planning permission as well as permitted development rights available in English and Welsh.
  4. You can apply for planning permission online or download a standard form from your local authority website.
  5. Start your planning application here.
  6. Once you have completed your planning application and it has been accepted, you MUST check whether you need a party wall agreement with your neighbour.  Click here for guidance.  If you did not enter into a party wall agreement with your neighbour and you have already started the works, you should get in touch with either your agent or find a surveyor for guidance straight away.
  7. Now you can apply for Building Control.

For guidance on how to apply for Building Control click here.

Did not get Planning Permission or Building Control for your build?

If you did not get planning permission for your build and/or did not have building control site visits throughout your build, watch the video below for guidance on what you can do: