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The Basics

Permission & Permits


Whether you’re about to start on some pre-sale improvements or are looking to get all the relevant paperwork in order for the buyer, it’s your responsibility as the seller to make sure that any necessary permission has been granted.

What changes or additions can I make without planning permission?

Not all home improvements require extra permissions or permits. Some common additions and improvements that generally do not need planning permission include:

  • Converting your garage into internal living space

  • Re-rendering exterior walls

  • Adding a porch of less than 3m2 to an external door

  • Fitting solar panels

  • Adding gates or fences of certain heights

  • Fitting new UPVC windows

  • Converting a loft smaller than 40m3, as long as any velux or dormer windows do not stand higher than the roofline

If you’re unsure what's allowed, your first port of call should be to check with your local authority before you get cracking on any work.

Listed Buildings

Listed buildings have been recognised for their special architectural and historic interest. They are subject to different sets of permissions due to a desire to protect their character for future generations. So, if you’re looking to undertake any kind of work on a listed property, particularly any kind of alteration or demolition, there’s a good chance you’ll need to apply for listed building consent.

It’s a criminal offence to carry out any work that requires listed building consent without permission. Check with your local planning authority about what procedures must be followed before you start.

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