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The Basics

Permission & Permits


As the seller, it’s your responsibility to make sure that any permits are in place for improvements or additions to your property. Whether you're about to start on some pre-sale improvements or are looking to get all relevant paperwork in order for a buyer, your first port of call should always be your local authority.

It’s always worthwhile to get all permits and permissions in place and ready before you start the selling process. Most buyers will ask if your property has permission for certain changes and additions so don’t stall a potential sale by not being prepared.

What changes or additions can I make without planning permission?

Not all home improvements require any extra permissions or permits so it’s always worth checking with your local authority before you get cracking on any work. Here’s the most typical additions and improvements that do not require planning permission;

  • Converting your garage to internal living space.
  • Re-rendering exterior walls.
  • Fitting a porch at the front of your property.
  • Having solar panels fitted.
  • Adding gates or fences (Although size restrictions do apply)
  • Having new UPVC windows fitted.
  • Having a loft conversion. As long as the loft is less than 40m3 and any velux windows or dormer windows do not stand higher than the roofline, it should be fine.
  • A conservatory, providing it is not at the front of the building. Size and material restrictions apply so check with your local authority for details.

Listed Buildings

If you’re looking to undertake any kind of work on your listed building property, there’s a good chance you’ll need to apply for listed building consent.

This usually applies to cases where sellers want to;

  • alter or extend a listed building in any way that would affect its character as a building of special interest.
  • demolish any area of a listed building. Always check with your local planning authority about other procedures which must be followed before you start any work.

It’s actually a criminal offence to carry out any work which requires listed building consent so it’s serious business.

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