In general, you will not require planning permission for: If your property has already been expanded, the floor area of the proposed expansion and the floor area of any prior extension (including those for which you have previously obtained planning permission) must not exceed 40 square metres. Any further extensions must also be approved by your local authority under its building regulations.
You will need planning permission if you want to construct anything other than a single-glazed window or door or a simple shed. The size of your remodelling project will determine how much planning permission you need. For example, if you want to extend your house by adding a room then you will need to get permission from your local council. Otherwise, anyone could just walk into your home office or bedroom and start working on their own renovation project without your consent.
It is important to remember that if someone else is living in the property they may also need permission to make changes. For example, if you are renovating one part of a two-bedroomed flat and let out the other room then both you and your tenant will need permission from your local council.
Planning permission should be applied for before work starts. You should also keep records of any discussions you have with officers from your local council regarding plans for your property. These letters are known as "minor works permits".
In most cases, a house addition or extension* is considered approved development. So you won't have to go through the extra effort of obtaining planning approval as long as: Extensions of more than one storey do not extend more than three metres beyond the original house's rear wall. If the added floor space exceeds 300 square feet (28 m²), then you should get approval from your local government body.
If you're adding on to an existing garage, shed, or other outbuilding, you don't need approval either. But if you plan to use any part of the property for something other than housing, such as a shop or office, you will need to seek approval from your local government body. The same goes for any other structures you might want to build on the property.
You should also inform your local council if you are making major changes to the exterior look of your home, such as adding a second story or a rooftop deck. They will be able to tell you if they think you need to obtain planning permission for these modifications. Otherwise, you could be asked to apply again every time you make some small change to your house.
Planning permission is required before you can start construction on any addition that is over 10 m from front to back, including garage extensions. For smaller projects, however, the builder may be able to provide proof of occupancy (for example, a building permit) instead.
This is frequently possible under authorized development rights (unless it is a listed building or in a conservation area), which means no planning approval is required. The owner can change the use of the property as they see fit. If you want to know more about this, get in touch.
The reason for this is that while the layout and exterior appearance of a bungalow may be unique, the inside is made up of standard components that can be used in any other house: bedroom, living room, kitchen etc. Therefore, if you need to expand your home, you can simply replace the existing parts with those from a different type of property (such as replacing a bungalow's door with a house's door).
You should note that converting a property without planning permission can result in a fine or even prison sentence. Before taking any action check with us first to make sure that you do not need planning permission.
In some cases, it is possible to apply for planning permission after starting work on the property. If this is the case with your bungalow, get in touch so we can discuss your options.
Is it always necessary to obtain planning permission? If you own property that you want to develop, you can add an agricultural building with the consent of local planning authority if it fits the following criteria: It has a floor area of less than 465 square metres. The building does not have any residential rooms. Only one residence is allowed per hectare of land. The building must be used for agriculture purposes only.
In some cases, you may be able to get planning permission if there is a public benefit associated with the development - for example if the building will provide housing for young people or retired people who are unable to live on their own._
If you want to build an agricultural building that has more than 465 sq m of floor space, you will need to obtain planning permission from your local planning authority. You will also need to check whether any other rules apply such as limits on buildings being built in protected areas.
It is important to get advice from experts before you start work so you do not run into problems when seeking approval from your local planning authority. An expert should be able to help you decide if planning permission is required and, if so, what type.
Planning permission is needed for any building that will change the use of your land; for example, if you want to convert an agricultural building into a house.