Waverley Borough Council

Decorating and improving your council home

You don't need permission to decorate your home or carry out minor improvements such as tiling or putting up shelving unless you have asbestos in your home in which case contact us first.

Do include any home decorations in your insurance just in case they get damaged by a fault which is not our responsibility. If we damage your decorations while working in your home, we will make good the affected area.  

You have the right to improve your home, if you ask us first. We usually say yes unless there is a very good reason. But, we won't give you permission if the improvement:

  • means less living space in your home
  • makes your home unsafe
  • creates disadvantages for neighbouring homes
  • makes it more expensive for us to maintain your home 

For home improvement

You do need permission. Please email housing.repairs@waverley.gov.uk Please give us a daytime telephone number, mobile number or work number so we can contact you. We may arrange to visit you by appointment if appropriate. 

Please do not start the work or buy any materials until we give you written permission. Depending on the type of improvement you may also need to obtain planning permission or permission from building control for the work.  

Once approved you will become responsible for the future upkeep, repair and maintenance of any improvements that you make.

Page owner: Caroline Ottery. Last updated: 08/05/2015 09:54

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