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Applying for planning permission can be time-consuming and add an extra cost to your project. That is where permitted development comes in. Let’s take a closer look…

Permitted development rights allow you to save time and money by taking away the need to apply for planning permission. They do this by giving you automatic permission, or ‘implied consent’, to extend or renovate your property. Not many people are aware of permitted development rights, including what they are and what they cover. With our experience in the industry, we have decided to put together a short guide to help you understand it better.

What is Permitted Development?

In short, permitted developments rights are a scheme put in place by the UK Government. The aim is to allow some construction projects to be undertaken without the need for planning permission. This makes the process a little simpler for homeowners wanting to make changes to their properties. The main benefit is that it takes away the time and money that is often spent trying to acquire planning permission.

Permitted development rights provide ‘implied consent’, which is granted in the form of ‘General Development Planning Orders’ (GDPOs). However, these do apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately. Wherever you live, you should always check with your local authority about what permitted development rights if you are unsure.

What does Permitted Development Cover?

In general, permitted development covers most projects and property types. However, there are some limitations that may apply to your proposed works. For example, permitted development does not cover maisonettes, flats, listed building and other similar properties. It is also important to note that there are some geographical areas that are not covered. Here’s a brief look at what is covered:

  • Extensions to a building
  • Some changes of use
  • Loft conversions
  • Garage conversions
  • Basement conversions
  • Solar panel installation
  • Outbuildings for leisure purposes

Areas that are categorised as ‘protected areas’ will present some restrictions on what is covered by permitted development. These areas include:

  • National parks
  • Conservation areas
  • Areas of outstanding beauty
  • World heritage sites

It’s also important to note that you’re not guaranteed to be covered by permitted development, even if your project complies with these restrictions. This is because past alterations made to a building are taken into account. So, if previous owners have built an extension, this may have taken up most of the ‘quota’ that your property is allowed. It is always good to check what changes have already been made. This will give you an idea of if you’ll be able to undertake projects under permitted development. Typically, any space added to a building since 1948 will count towards the allocation for each property.

How can Regency Contracting help?

At Regency Contracting with extensive experience in the industry. We have undertaken a variety of projects, including extensions, new builds and more. We like to help our customers wherever we can and that includes sharing our expertise with you. If you have questions about a project, we are here to help. Whether you’re thinking about an extension or a conversion, we’re confident our team are right for the job. If you’d like an initial estimate you can use our easy Request a Quote form!