Do I need planning permission to build?
This is usually the first question we are asked when someone wants to carry out development work at their property. Some works do not need planning permission and can be carried out under the Permitted Development Rights. We have produced guidance notes broken down into different types of development work. Use the guides to check whether your proposal will or will not require planning permission:
Changes to Permitted Development Rights:
Legaslative changes have introduced new procedures for some single storey householder extensions, this legislation relates to larger single storey rear extensions:
There are a set of interactive houses on the Planning Portal that also give advice:
We advise that you always check in detail that the proposal is permitted development. For a formal confirmation you should apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC), this is not a planning application, however it a formal determination that your work is lawful. This option is well worth considering even if you are sure your project is permitted development. If you should later want to sell your property a LDC may be helpful to answer queries raised by potential buyers or their legal representatives, and will also provide reassurance to yourself that your work is lawful. As this is not a planning applciation there is no requirement for us to consult the public, however we strongly advise you to talk to your neighbours about the proposal.
The Development Control Team in Derby:
We also investigate breaches of planning legislation through the Enforcement Team:
Development Control does not control how a building is constructed. Contact our Building Consultancy team who covers this, and they will help and advise you with the regulations on building construction.
Are you still unsure if you need permission or want general planning advice? We have a duty officer available Monday 10.00am to 4.00pm on an appointment basis. Contact Development Control to make an appointment.
Appointments are limited to 20 minutes for each property and can be booked up to one month in advance.
The advice given will be objective, on the basis of the information available at the time. This might include information about relevant planning policies or standards and previous decisions. If you want to see the duty officer about a proposal, we suggest that, before your appointment you should, put your ideas on paper. Extensive plans are not required at this stage. We will then be able to interpret your ideas and suggest possible alterations.
There are two ways to submit a planning application:
How we deal with planning applications
The interactive map
To view the Planning Appeals Register please use our eplanning service
Communities and Place
Derby City Council
The Council House