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Planning permission - permitted development rights

Permitted development is the term used to describe the works you are allowed to do without the need for planning permission (under article 3 of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO)).

Permitted development restrictions

Your permitted development rights may be restricted (under article 4 of the GPDO) if you live in a conservation area. You will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas.

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most common in conservation areas. You will probably know if your property is affected by such a direction or other restrictions, but you can check with us if you are not sure.

There are also different requirements if your house is a listed building.

Removal of rights

We may have removed some of your permitted development rights when permission was given for the original development, or by issuing an article 4 direction. This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one. If you want to know if your permitted development rights have been removed you can email or write to us at the address shown in the contact us box. If you wish to establish if planning permission is required complete an enquiry form. Please note there is a charge for this service.

Information is also available from the Planning Portal website.

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