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Applying for planning permission

Apply for planning permission

There are three common types of planning consent:

  • householder
  • full
  • outline

Under certain circumstances, you may be able to:

When you make an application for planning consent, you'll need to make sure you include certain information, including a scale bar on any plans you submit. For more information, you can download our validation checklist (PDF 662kb) or visit the Planning Portal for specific advice about submitting maps and plans.

If you do work without getting permission, you could be forced to take it down again.

Householder planning consent

You should apply for householder planning consent if you’re going to make changes to an single house, including:

  • building an extension or a conservatory
  • converting a loft
  • fitting dormer windows

You can:

Full planning consent

You should apply for full planning consent if you’re going to build or perform engineering works to a building or land, including:

  • building a separate house in your garden
  • converting a building into flats or any works on a flat
  • works carried out outside the boundary of the property
  • changing the use of a building or land

You can:

Outline planning consent

You can apply for outline planning consent to establish whether we’re likely to accept your proposal.

An application for outline planning consent includes less detail than other types of consent.

If we grant outline planning consent to you, you’ll need to provide more detail about your proposal and ask us to approve it before you start any work.

You can:

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Submitting an application

When you submit an application, you may need to include certain documents. You can download our guide to read more (PDF 662kb).

If we grant planning consent, we may attach certain conditions to your application.

How we make a decision

To reach a decision on an application for planning consent, we may take into account evidence, guidance and policies from several sources, including information that determines whether the site is in a conservation area or the work concerns a listed building.

We aim to reach a decision within eight weeks, or up to 13 weeks for large developments.

You can visit the Planning Portal for more information on the decision process.

You can visit our publications section for a list of the documents we may refer to.

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