What are permitted development rights?
Permitted development rights are a national planning policy that allows homeowners to extend their home without full planning permission. In some cases, homeowners have been able to have up to 75% extra space, but there are limitations to control the impact of the extension or renovation and protect the building requiring change.
The government have permanently extended the Permitted Development Rights legislation allowing homeowners more time to complete their developments. This new legislation has been active from the 30 May 2019. Prior to this, all developments had to be completed by this date.
What work can be done under permitted development rights?
There are still specific rules and regulations that must be followed. The policy does not apply to larger conversions or extensions or to properties that are listed.
Whilst permitted development rights are also enjoyed by buildings within ‘designated areas’, such as Conservation Areas or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, extra restrictions do apply in these areas.
The local planning authority can remove permitted development rights by attaching an ‘Article 4’ direction to a building.
Permitted Development Rights typically applies to:
- Single-storey side or rear extensions
- Double-storey extensions
- Loft or garage conversions
- Basement conversion
- Front porches
- Solar panels
- New windows and doors
These are just some examples of the work that may fall within permitted development but there are rules, such as limitations on the width and height of an extension, that must be complied with.
Deciding if work is permitted development can be complex. The way to be certain that particular work is permitted development is to submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC). It is not compulsory to have a LDC however applying for a LDC does provide piece of mind before detailed design or construction work is carried out.
The governments planning portal will provide you with further information or please give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your individual project and to prepare your Lawful Development Certificate Application.
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