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Do I need planning permission?

It depends on what you want to do. Some work is allowed without planning permission, this is called permitted development.

The Planning Portal has interactive guides for householders and businesses to help you identify whether your work would be permitted development.

Certain buildings and building works are considered by the Department of Communities and Local Government to be exempt from the requirements of the Building Regulations and may also not require planning permission. In such cases you may build without approval under the Building Regulations or submitting a planning application.


You can check if you need Planning Permission by completing a Householder Extensions Enquiry Form. We will provide an opinion as to whether the work does or does not require permission.  It is useful to keep any confirmation given with the details of your property for future reference in the event of proof being required upon the sale of your property or for any other reason.

You can download the Householder Extensions Enquiry Form, complete and save it on your computer and then email it to or post it to the address on the form.

Householder Extensions Enquiry (Word version)

Householder Extensions Enquiry (PDF)

Please note due to the nature of these information required for the completion of these forms they may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

If you need any advice on these forms please contact us.

Planning surgery

We hold an appointment based planning surgery for planning permission queries and related matters. These take place Tuesdays between 10am and 12pm.

You can book a 15 minute appointment to speak to the Duty Planning Officer. The first appointment starts at 10am and the last starts at 11.45am. Appointments can be booked on the booking system below or by calling the the Hub. Please note customers can only book one 15 minute slot per week.

Before booking an appointment customers please read the notes below:

  • Duty Planning Officers can only provide information on planning related matters. They will be unable to provide information on Building Regulations, Land Ownership, Boundary Disputes, Land Covenants or any other council function. If you are unsure please contact the the Hub before booking an appointment to avoid disappointment.
  • Planning Agents are requested not to use the Planning Surgery but to use the council’s Pre-Application Advice process

Book planning surgery appointment

Bookings are for telephone appointments only. Face to face appointments are unavailable until further notice.

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