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Extending your property? You may not need Planning Permission

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

We are often approached by clients looking to extend their homes, be it for additional space, the perfect open plan area for entertaining, or a snug hidden away; however many people aren’t aware they could do so without the need for planning permission.


Local Authorities allow residents to carry out certain works to their homes without the need for planning permission called ‘Permitted Development’ (PB Rights) saving people time & money on full planning applications.


Our 'End Terrace' project is an example of how we used PB rights to help our client avoid unnecessary planning fees. Project Link > End Terrace


What can you build under Permitted Development?

Provided the works are within the parameters set out by the Council, residents can build with freedom, & in some instances, do more than if they had submitted a full application restricted by local planning policy.


Below is a list of what you can build under PB;

- Single Storey Rear Extensions

- Two Storey Rear Extensions

- Side Extensions

- Loft Extensions

- Roof Lights

- Porches

- Outbuildings

- Patios

- Chimneys


Does Permitted Development apply to my house?

In many cases the answer is yes, provided the site is not within an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ or a ‘Conservation Area’. If you are in doubt your site is suitable for Permitted Development, it is recommended you consult your Local Authority or an Architect to confirm. For peace of mind, many Local Authorities recommend homeowners submit for a ‘Lawful Development Certificate’ acknowledging the works are legal, & can be useful when selling your property.


With experience of building many projects using Permitted Development we can advise if your property is suitable & how best to proceed. Contact us today at info@jrdkent.com to find out if you could extend your property without needing planning permission saving yourself time & money.


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