Householder extensions and small-scale business development

Householder extensions

The planning portal helps establish whether or not you need planning permission for your development. If you are unsure, our team will be able to help you interpret the rules.

If you don't need planning permission, we can provide you with a certificate of lawful development to confirm this. This confirms that planning permission is not necessary for your proposal and proves very helpful should you come to sell your property. The cost is £103 and your application can be processed within five working days.

If planning permission is necessary for your extension and you'd like to discuss your proposal further, our duty planner is available during the hours set out below. There is a £25 fee for a 15 minute appointment (Please book in advance):

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am – 4pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 1pm

During your appointment, we will provide valuable advice on how likely your proposals are to gain planning permission, how you can best improve these chances (if necessary) and what information we need to register your application. This can save you time and money when it comes to submitting your plans. Please bring with you sketches of the proposal, as well as photographs of the site as this will help us provide better advice. There will be occasions where a site visit for householder development may be helpful and our team can discuss this with you on the telephone or when you visit our offices.

Small-scale business proposals

An appointment with the duty officer is also a suitable starting point should you wish to discuss small-scale commercial development or changes of use where no new floor space is being created. Please see above for the hours our duty planner is available and call 01242 264328 to book and appointment.

The more information that you can bring to your appointment, the more productive the meeting will be.

Our team will advise on how likely your proposals are to gain planning permission, how you can best improve these chances (if necessary) and what information we need to register your application.

Please note: Our duty officer system is not appropriate for discussing medium to large-scale commercial development or proposals for new houses. Pre-application advice is most suitable for these types of discussions. Please see below for more information on our pre-application services.