Do I need planning permission?
How to find out if you need planning and building regulations consent for many common building works.
Do I need consent?
To find out if you need consent, there are a number of options available to you, including:
- The Council has also published some specific Advice on Outbuildings and Planning Guidance on Solar PV Installations
Apply to us
For a fee, you can ask us if your building works require planning permission. We cannot tell you over the phone. The way to ask is through an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness. This process takes around 8 weeks.
For a fee, we can also check if a specific proposal falls under permitted development rights or whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn on the property. Please see Planning Advice and Enquiries Charges September 2022.
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If you live in a house, in many cases you can carry out minor works without the need to apply for planning permission. These are known as ‘permitted development’ rights. They do not apply to flats or maisonettes.
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Always check the planning history of your property before undertaking any works. Permitted development rights might have been removed on the original planning permission for your house. These rights will also be affected if the property has already been extended.
This information should be with your deeds. If not, you can check the planning history and any decisions that relate to your property by using our District Mapping Service.
For a fee, we can check if a specific proposal falls under permitted development rights or whether permitted development rights have been withdrawn on the property. We can also provide you with the recent planning history of your property. Please see Planning Advice and Enquiries Charges September 2022.
Permitted development rights can change depending on where you live. If you live in an Article 4 Direction Area, such as Fishpool Street, most of your permitted development rights will have been removed.
Alternatively, if you live in a relatively new property, such as the Napsbury, Jersey Farm or Hill End/Cell Barnes Lane developments, permitted development rights may have been removed by a planning condition.
Permitted development limits will also be different if your house is a listed building or you live in a conservation area.
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Building Control: In most cases, an application will been needed under the Building Regulations.
Dropped kerbs: If you are forming a new drive or widening an existing drive, you will need to apply for planning permission if you live on a Classified Road. You can find out if you live on a classified road at the Gazeteer of Hertfordshire Roads. You will also need separate permission for a dropped kerb from the Highways Authority.
Windows and doors: see replacement windows and doors
Listed Buildings: If you live in a Listed Building, often you will need to make an application for Listed Building Consent.
Other consents: Other consents may be required before you start work. We also suggest you consult with your neighbours. Further advice can be found online:
Formal notice to your neighbours
Consent from the land owner, landlord or freeholder (if St Albans Council is the freeholder or may own the land)