Advice about planning

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We know that submitting a planning application can be both a confusing and time-consuming process. We recommend that you find out as much as possible before you make an application. There are lots of ways you can do this.

Do I need permission?

You may be surprised what you need permission for. Digging a pond, creating a mound, putting up a satellite dish or building a raised patio may all require planning permission. As a general rule, we recommend you contact us for advice if you intend to:

  • use a digger
  • employ a builder
  • change the use of a building
  • put up an advertisement

Read our general guidance: Do I need planning permission?

Questions and answers

We have written a list of commonly asked questions and answers. You may find an answer to your query. If not, please don't hesitate to contact us for advice.

Read the questions and answers.

Pre-application advice service

To help guide you through the process, we offer a pre-application advice service before you submit your application. The service is for residents or businesses who wish to extend or make changes to their property.

Find out more about our pre-application advice service.

Renewable energy

Before you consider installing a renewable energy device, we recommend that you are saving energy before you start generating it. Read our general guidance about renewable energy.

We have also written a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the planning permission required for renewable energy devices. Find out more about renewable energy and planning.

Conservation areas

Special rules apply to conservation areas. Planning officers take an area's special character into account when considering a planning application.

Find out more about planning permission in conservation areas.

Listed buildings

You will need consent to demolish a listed building or for any alterations or extensions which would affect its character as a building of architectural or historic interest. Applying for listed building consent process is very similar to the normal planning process.

Find out more about planning permission for listed buildings.

Top five tips 

  • Get advice from our team as early as possible in your project.
  • Remember each case is different and each property has a different planning history.
  • Give us as much information as possible (including drawings, maps, plans, photos, measurements).
  • We can only offer you good advice if we have all the correct information.
  • Remember that we are here to help you. Last year, we approved 88% of applications.

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