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What is Permitted Development Rights?

In the United Kingdom, homeowners have a set of permitted development rights that allow them to make certain alterations to their property without obtaining planning permission from the local council. These rights are known as Householder Permitted Development Rights and are regulated by the government to ensure that they do not have a negative impact on the local community or environment.

The Planning Portal is a government-run website that provides guidance on all aspects of the planning process, including information on Householder Permitted Development Rights. The portal is an excellent resource for homeowners who are looking to make alterations to their property but are unsure whether they require planning permission or not.

Under UK law, Householder Permitted Development Rights allow homeowners to carry out a range of works on their property without planning permission. These works include:

  • Single-storey rear extensions that do not extend beyond the original rear wall of the house by more than 3 metres for an attached house or 4 metres for a detached house, and do not exceed 4 metres in height

  • Loft conversions that do not exceed the height of the existing roof

  • Outbuildings such as sheds or garages that do not exceed 50% of the land surrounding the house

  • Porches that do not exceed 3 square metres in floor area

  • Certain types of solar panels, satellite dishes, and CCTV installations

It is important to note that there are some limitations and conditions that apply to Householder Permitted Development Rights.

For example, if the property is located in a conservation area, national park, or area of outstanding natural beauty, the permitted development rights may be more restricted.

Additionally, if the property is a listed building, or if the proposed alterations would involve a significant change to the appearance of the property, planning permission may still be required.

It is always best to consult the Planning Portal or ourselves before carrying out any major works on your property.

In summary, Householder Permitted Development Rights are an important aspect of UK law that allow homeowners to make certain alterations to their property without obtaining planning permission.

The Planning Portal is an excellent resource for homeowners who are looking to take advantage of these rights while ensuring that they are complying with all relevant regulations and restrictions.

Not sure whether your project requires full planning or a certificate of lawful consent?

We are here to help. Call 01260 602 005 or email


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