Permitted Development Rights
Permitted development (PD) is usually relevant to homeowners who want to extend their property or construct outbuildings; this type of small-scale development should not require any formal planning permission; PD rights are there to make the process quicker and cheaper.
As is often the case in planning, the legislation on what constitutes permitted development can be confusing and unclear. In some cases, Councils can also remove permitted development rights through Article 4 directions. As it is so important to know whether your proposal ticks all the required boxes and/or lies within an article 4 area, we can offer initial advice on your options and work through the fine print to advise you on whether a PD or a planning application will ultimately give you what you really want or need.
A permitted development extension usually includes:
- Porches or conservatories
- Outbuildings – such as Sheds, garages, home offices, gyms and treehouses.
- Loft conversions – with or without roof extensions
- Rear and side extensions
- Two Storey rear extensions
- PD rights don’t always apply if you live in a conservation area, the Green Belt or your home is a listed building. They can be cost-effective but getting them wrong can lead to enforcement action from your local Council.
Extra certainty of the lawfulness of your proposal can be gained by applying for a Lawful Development Certificate (aka Certificate of Lawfulness), which is especially useful when selling your property and having to go through the conveyancing process.