Check if you need permission

This service is temporarily suspended due to staff shortages. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to restore the service as soon as possible. In the meantime you can learn more about what requires planning permission by visiting the Planning Portal and reading our free advice about permitted development rules. Alternatively, you can submit a formal application for a Certificate of Lawfulness.

We can tell you if you need planning permission or not. We charge £80 for this service. This service provides advice about the need for planning permission only. Requests for advice about what we would grant planning permission for should be made using our pre-application advice service.

To give this advice, please provide us with as much information as possible so that we fully understand your proposal. 

When submitting your request, using the button below, you should:

  • include photographs and sketches
  • show any measurements in metric
  • avoid sending personal or sensitive information
  • avoid sending third party information without consent
  • do not include offensive statements that could become subject to prosecution

Terms and conditions

  • we aim to reply within 15 working days
  • advice given is based on the information you give
  • advice given is our informal opinion on the date sent

Alternatively, you can learn more about what requires planning permission by visiting the Planning Portal and reading our free advice about permitted development rules.

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