What are my permitted development rights?

Permitted Development Rights allow the improvement or extension of homes without the need to apply for planning permission”.


There are quite a few improvements you can do to your home under the Permitted Development Rights which are covered in the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) Legislation. This has changed over the years and is reviewed and updated regularly and at the time of writing, there is a public consultation on expanding the current rules which could allow for rear extensions to extend further from the back of the house than currently allowed. 
For the current rules, The Planning Portal has advice for typical projects at the link below including an interactive house to explore along with mini PDF documents which offer an overview of the rules.
A more comprehensive guide to the legislation is available in the form of technical guidance to the GDPO. This includes the legislation with various examples and interpretations of different projects.

Permitted Development is viewed as projects that you are deemed to have permission to carry out on your home and in theory you can start work without obtaining any permissions. However,we would recommend an application for a lawful development certificate to the Local Authority so that you have ‘piece of paper’ that confirms that the development is lawful and can be used if you ever sell your home.

we can help

Even with the detailed guidance above there are still complexities to the legislation and its interpretation. We can guide you through the process and advise you on your development in relation to Permitted Development as part of our design services. We keep a weekly check on new Appeal judgement for Lawful Development Certificates so that we are up to date with decisions that introduce new or differing interpretations on the legislation.

Get in touch if you’d like a chat on how you may be able to use the Permitted Development legislation to your benefit!
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