Planning permission is required in the UK to make sure that your development will meet the terms of your Local Planning Authority (LPA) and Parliament.
You will most likely need planning permission if you:
– Want to build something new
– Make a major change to your building
– Change the use of your building
Not all buildings will need planning permission, it depends on what you want to do and what the type of work involves. For example, if it is a big development that will cause traffic while it is being developed then planning permission will be needed. However if it is a small change to your home, you may not need it.
It is always best to find out if planning permission is required because if you don’t apply for it and get approval, you may be served an ‘enforcement notice’. It would be illegal to ignore this notice if it is sent to you, and it will most likely tell you to undo the changes that you have made. If you do not agree with this notice, you may appeal.
There are some buildings that won’t need planning permission. They are known as ‘permitted development rights.’ They are supported by your LPA and Parliament.
This would apply to:
– Industrial sites and warehouses
– Demolition: but before you begin you must get approval to demolish from your LPA
– Some outdoor signs and advertisements: double check this, as there may be some special rules surrounding it
You should expect to hear back from your LPA within around 8 weeks, but if the application you have made is for an unusually large project then it will take up to 13 weeks.
Cameron Butcher are based in the West Midlands and specialise in extensions, new builds and refurbishments. We can provide you with information and advice on planning permissions in Birmingham. For more information you can visit our website.