Planning Rules and Regulations - Check If You Need Permission
Part of the Planning Process controls the sizes & positions of extensions to residential properties, the sizes & locations of detached buildings within gardens, the construction of hard surfaces such as driveways and much more. The Planning rules provide more scope for building extensions without the need to obtain planning permission but the separate requirements to comply with Building Regulations continue to apply as before. The rules about tarmacing & paving of drives have been made more restrictive than previously in order to reduce flood risk.
A summary of the changes are set out below with links to the Planning Portal. Click on the headings shown below to access the information.
Changes to planning rules include:-
Annex A - Domestic Micro Generation Permitted Development
a) Solar panels or solar thermal equipment installed on dwellings or buildings within the curtilage of dwellings:-
- Projecting no more than 200mm beyond the plane of the wall or roof slope.
- Not above the highest part of the roof (excluding chimney).
- In conservation areas, not on wall or roof slopes forming principal or side elevations visible from highways or on wall or roof slopes of buildings within the curtilage visible from highways.
- Not on listed buildings or buildings within the curtilage of listed buildings.
b) Standalone Solar panels within the curtilage of dwelling houses:-
- No higher than 4m above ground level.
- In conservation areas, not visible from the highway.
- Not within 5m of a boundary.
- Not within the curtilage of a listed building.
- Surface area not to exceed 9²m with any individual dimension not exceeding 3m.
The installation of an air source heat pump on a domestic property is now considered permitted development provided certain requirements are met. The Planning Portal Heat pumps page provides detailed information which covers limits and conditions required for Ground Source and Water Source Heat Pumps.
- Flues for biomass Heating must be no higher than 1m above the highest part of a roof.
- In conservation areas, not on a wall or roof slope forming a principal or side elevation visible from a highway.
f) Flues forming part of combined heat and power systems -
- Permitted development requirements are the same as the category for Flues for biomass heating.
To find out more about planning rules and regulations please use the Planning Portal's Interactive House or select the individual headings at the bottom of this page. Further Information can also be obtained from The Planning Portal.
If after reading this information you are still unsure as to whether you need planning consent please complete our Exemption Form and email it to email@example.com, or post it to:
The Planning Department
PO Box 28
Householder Exemption Form
Last Updated: 28/10/2015