5 Things you can do to your home without planning permission

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Matthew Charlton | 6/03/17

1) Renovations - internal remodelling
As long as your proposed work does not include extending the existing footprint of the property, planning permission is generally not required (this could differ if your property is listed or you live within a Conservation Area); however, Building Regulation guidance will need to be followed for some structural and electrical work.   Further information on internal alterations and removal of internal walls within permitted development can be found at:  https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/33/internal_walls

2) Windows & Doors
Repair or replacement of windows and doors in most instances do not require planning permission, an exception is if you live in a listed property.  Under permitted development double glazing can be installed, again providing the building is not listed.   Further information can be found at: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/14/doors_and_windows

3) Home Extension

As long as the following points are adhered to, planning permission does not need to be obtained:
⦁    The extension does not sit forward of the principal elevation.
⦁    Materials should be similar.
⦁    Where it is within 2m of any boundary, the eaves cannot be higher than 3m, and no more than 4m in height otherwise.
⦁    Rear extensions — no more than 4m in depth (detached house) or 3m in depth (semi-detached or terrace).
⦁    Side extensions — the width of the extension must not be greater than half the width of the original dwelling. Side extensions are not permitted on Article 1(5) Land (e.g. AONB, Conservation Areas).

A double storey rear extension (including the addition of a second storey onto an existing single storey) is allowed under permitted development as long as it does not exceed 3m in depth or be within 7m of the rear boundary. Specific restrictions also apply to the glazed nature of windows in such extensions.
Further information can be found at: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/17/extensions

4) Loft Conversion
Loft conversions up to 40m³ are allowed under permitted development.  Dormer windows are also included in permitted development providing they do not sit higher than the highest part of your existing roof or extend forward of the roof plane on the principle elevation.  Further information can be found at: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/36/loft_conversion

5) Roof Light Installation
Providing the following points are adhered to, roof lights are permitted without planning permission (exception for properties located in an Article 4 Direction Area):
⦁    No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
⦁    Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

Detailed information on the installation of roof lights can be found at: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/47/roof/5


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