Do I need planning permission
Under the Town and Country Planning Acts, planning permission is required for development. Development is defined as building, mining, engineering or others operations or a material change of use. (Please note: Engineering includes excavation and changing land levels).
The Planning Portal has information and guidance for householders and commercial properties. They have helpful mini guides for common householder projects and can help you if you want to calculate the volume of your roof extension only - volume calculation. You will also find useful information on Building control regulations that need to be observed once you get to the build stage of your project.
The Council now charges for any informal advice or pre-advice as to whether planning permission is required and whether it is likely to be granted.
Secondary planning legislation allows certain development to proceed without applying for planning permission. This is often called 'permitted development'. For more details, please visit the Planning Portal (see below)
However, Permitted Developments Rights are sometimes removed from properties when planning permission is granted. This means that a planning application will need to be submitted. Contact Planning Admin to check to see if permitted development rights have been removed.
You may also need permission if your house has been previously extended or was built in the last few years. Extensions to flats and maisonettes will always require permission, including those converted from houses. Some permitted development rights require you to notify the Council before you start work. Further guidance can be obtained via the Planning Portal's interactive house.
The legislation on residential extensions and other minor works changed in 2015. The Planning Portal has guidance that will help you work out if planning permission is required.
If you think something is permitted development but require formal confirmation of this, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate for proposed development.
Paving Front Gardens and Dropped Kerbs
There is legislation that applies to the paving of front gardens and you are advised to read through the following guidance:
Consent must be obtained from KCC for the construction of a dropped kerb. Information on the application process is available on our Dropped Kerb page.