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Permitted Development Rights

Permitted Developments Rights:

You can sometimes make certain types of changes to a building without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called "permitted development rights". They derive from a general planning permission granted, not by the local authority, but by Parliament. Some examples of qualifying changes are:

  • adverts and signs.
  • renewable energy installations.
  • building extensions, Conservatories, basement conversions, loft conversions, outbuildings and porches.

In areas known generally as 'designated areas', permitted development rights are more restricted. For example, within Conservation Areas, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you may need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas.

Lawful Development Certificate:

Unlike building changes that have been approved by Planners, the onus of proof that work satisfactorily qualifies as Permitted Development lies with the property owner, unless a Lawful Development Certificate has been obtained. The absence of a certificate can sometimes delay a sale of the property.
It is important to submit the correct information when applying for the Certificate as inadequate information will automatically result in rejection on the grounds of insufficient information. Let us assist in obtaining certificate without the need for an appeal. A valid application should include:

  • scale drawings detailing the changes.
  • a location and or block plan.
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