Permitted Development


Many projects that involve works on a house can, in fact, be built without planning permission. This happens when a project is covered by "permitted development rights". These rights come from a general planning permission granted by Parliament and allow you to avoid the more complex process of having to apply for planning permission. Subject to certain specified conditions, proposals that can be built under permitted develpment rights include :

• Porches and conservatories
• Outbuildings, including sheds and garages
• Loft conversions
• Rear and side extensions

The conditions that determine whether a project is legitimate under permitted development rights are detailed by the government, and relate to the size, scale and design on proposals. At Get Planning and Architecture we have years of experience in advising homeowners and developers in London on permitted development rights, and our experts keep up to date with the seemingly endless stream of amendments and changes to policy issued by government and local authorities. This means that we are well-placed to appraise your proposal, and to let you know whether we believe that it is covered under such rights. This appraisal is no strings attached and free of charge, simply ring us at 020 8770 3962 or email using the link above.

Once we had established that your project was permitted development, we would then confirm this with the Local Planning Authority before undertaking an application for a Lawful Development Certificate. This document serves as proof that your development was constructed lawfully. If your project is not covered under permitted development rights, then Get Planning and Architecture is able to assist you with a planning application. For more information on our planning application service, click here.

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Typical Scope of works for a Permitted Development Project: 

  • Accept instructions, confirm in writing.
  • Record and fully review the client requirements
  • Visit the site and take relevant dimensions and photos
  • Expert review of your 'permitted development' rights
  • Digital Site Plan/ Ordnance Survey (OS) Map
  • Prepare CAD Planning Drawings 'as existing'
  • Our architectural team review key design issues
  • Prepare design scheme for discussion and approval from client
  • Prepare CAD Planning Drawings 'as proposed'
  • Monitoring of the design work by RIBA chartered architect
  • Submission to client of final application package for approval
  • Submit one application online
  • Monitor progress of Application and report to client
  • Issue Lawful Development Certificate
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