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Permitted development for Business

Permitted development for Business

Do I always need planning permission?

Parliament grants planning permission for certain types of development without the need to obtain express planning permission from the local planning authority.  These are known as permitted development rights and can apply to households and businesses.  These rules are complicated but there are tools we can recommend to help you decide whether planning permission is required. These tools are a useful guide but they are not a definitive source of legal information. 


Certain types of extensions and changes of use do not require planning permission from the local planning authority.  The Government's Planning Portal website contains further advice for businesses in this respect. For further advice see the Planning Portal website.

Formal opinions are provided following an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed Use or Development (PLD application). Please see the Making a Planning Application pages for more details.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 introduced new permitted development rights for a wide range of land uses and building works.  Click here for more information and a range of application forms.

Building regulations

Planning Permission and Building Regulations are two separate things. Building regulation approval must usually be applied for separately.