Planning permission - before you start work

If you need planning permission to do work on your home, you should tell your neighbours about your plans before you apply. You should also check if you need any consents or approvals.

Neighbours

Let your neighbours know about work you want to do on your property. They might be concerned about work or changes  to your property which could affect them.

Even if your proposal would be granted planning permission, it is better to agree a compromise than upset neighbours.

Design

Think carefully about how your property will look after the work is finished. A well-designed building or extension is likely to be attractive to you and your neighbours and is also likely to add value to your house when you sell it.

Crime prevention

Carrying out alterations and additions to your house could make you vulnerable to crime. Make sure your home is secure against burglary by installing window locks. The crime prevention officer at your local police station can advise you on home security. 

Lighting

Light and minor domestic light fittings are not under planning control. If you want to install external lighting, you should make sure the intensity and direction of light does not disturb others.

Covenants and private rights

If there are covenants or other restrictions in the title to your property, or conditions in the lease, you might need someone else's agreement before you do certain work on your property.

This can happen even if you do not need to apply for planning permission. Some properties have historic rights. You can check  or ask a solicitor about any restrictions.

Other consents

There are other consents or approvals you may need before you can start work. For information about consents, ask your council’s planning office.

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