Some development is allowed without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development.
The Town and Country (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) outlines the criteria for certain forms of development which are allowed and without the need for express planning permission to be granted from the Local Planning Authority.
Find out more about Permitted Development on the Planning Portal. The interactive house on the Planning Portal is also a very helpful visual guide, which provides guidance on many common householder projects, including extensions, outbuildings, CCTV, solar panels, external lights etc.
Please note: We can only enforce against an activity that is a breach of the Town and Country Planning Act and activity allowed by the General Permitted Development Order is given deemed consent under the Act and therefore it is lawful in planning terms.
In instances where planning permission is not needed, we, as the Local Planning Authority are unable to control an activity that is allowed through this legislation. This is because it has been passed by Parliament and Central Government.