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Work that does not require planning permission (Permitted Development)

Certain works can be undertaken without gaining planning permission from the Council. These works are referred to as 'permitted development'.

'Permitted development rights' allow a wide variety of works to be undertaken without the need to obtain formal planning permission from the Council.  Visit Obtain Advice on Planning Matters for assistance on how to establish whether your proposal is permitted development.

Many homeowners can construct extensions and outbuildings with planning permission under 'permitted development rights' and in May 2013 changes were made to these rights to allow householders to build larger extensions without planning permission. These new rights do not apply in conservation areas or in the Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty and are also subject to a number of other limitations and conditions. Visit Larger home extension 'permitted development' rights for more information.

It is not just homeowners that have the ability to carry out development without obtaining planning permission from the Council. Permitted development rights exist for a wide variety of other types of development. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) is the legislation that allows this development.

In 2013 and 2014 a number of changes were made to permitted development rights to allow a wide variety of changes of use of buildings (and associated operational development) to be made without the need to apply for planning permission. Some of these rights are subject to a prior approval notification procedure (to give the Council the opportunity to first consider whether there are any technical issues that it requires control over). Further details on changes of use and development that can be undertaken without planning permission can be found on the Planning Portal.