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Permitted Development Rights: Nu's Guide

Before starting an extension or renovation project in London, the first obstacle many homeowners bump into is Planning Permission.

Obtaining Planning permission seems like a challenging task; however, it isn't always required. This is where Permitted Development Rights come into the picture; it acts as a 'middle ground" between no permission rights and the need for full planning permission.

But what are exactly Permitted Development Rights, and what does it mean for London homeowners?

Permitted Development Rights

Permitted Development Rights give the green light to home improvement or extension projects without the need to apply for planning permission. Most residential properties fall under Permitted Development Rights, but flats or maisonettes fall out of these rights.

In most cases, Permitted Development Rights will grant automatic planning permission for the following alterations:

- Small extensions that fit within certain dimensions

- Single storey extensions that don't breach a certain height requirement (between 4m up to 8m [for a detached house] or between 3m and up to 6m on any other house)

- Minor demolition projects

- Loft conversions

- Garage conversions

- The building of a porch less than 3m²

- Internal alterations

- The installation of solar panels

- The installation of satellite dishes

- The installation of roof lights or dormer windows (when not facing a highway)

- The laying of a new drive made from porous materials or non-porous materials with sufficient drainage.

Note: You should always liaise and get confirmation from your local planning authority!

Permitted Development Rights: Not granted

If your project contains a larger extension or major renovation, full Planning Permission will be needed.