Planning and building

This section provides advice and guidance from our planning service, including heritage and design. If you have a home improvement project in mind, there is guidance available on whether or not you need planning permission.

For planning application updates, check your application status using the online planning register

The planning service is currently undergoing a planning service improvement programme.

Do you need planning permission?

Find out if common projects need planning permission, and use interactive guides for projects, such as extensions.

Visit the Planning Portal Do you need planning permission?

You can take the next steps to move your project forward, such as applying for building control approval or using our planning pre-application advice service.

For information on how we process planning applications, view our Planning Charter (PDF, 69.59 KB). Planning is an open process so you should also view our Planning Privacy Notice (PDF, 154.43 KB).

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