Planning departments control the use of land and what's built on it. It's enforced by local planning authorities (LPAs).
certain circumstances householders may need to apply for planning permission when considering building an extension, converting a loft space and even paving a front
build without first gaining permission you can be legally forced to have the building restored to its original state.
Most extensions, loft conversions and hard landscaping won't require planning permission, guidelines and details on this page.
Anyone can apply for planning permission and there are two types of permission you can apply for - outline and full.
What is the difference between building regulations and planning permission is explained below.
You may not require planning permission, provided the loft conversion is the first extension and does not exceed 40 cubic metres on a terraced property and 50 cubic metres on others and your house is not in a conservation Area or at the junction of two public highways
Planning permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.
Under regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion for your home is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
Building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a live-able space. You will need to gain building regulation approval for your conversion, probably need the services of an architect and certainly have to comply with fire regulations at every point in the construction of your loft conversion.
Extensions to your house ( not flats, maisonettes or other buildings) will not normally require planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
Adding a conservatory to your house does not normally require planning permission, subject to the limits and conditions listed below.