Permitted development rights allow you to save time and money. They do this by giving you automatic permission to extend or renovate your home. This removes the need to apply for planning permission. But, what exactly does it cover and will your project qualify for it?

Here’s a handy little guide explaining permitted development. We’ll look at what it covers and the restrictions that you may face.

What are permitted development rights?

Permitted development rights are a scheme created by the Government. This scheme allows homeowners to make certain changes to their property without the need to request full planning permission. This is particularly beneficial for anyone who wishes to undertake a home improvement project. It takes away the need for spending extra time and money on planning permission.

These rights provide implied consent. They are granted in the form of General Development Planning orders (GDPOs). However, these do apply separately to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is always best to check with your local authority that permitted development rights cover your proposed works.

What do permitted development rights cover?

Permitted development covers most properties and projects but there are limitations in place. For example, it does not apply to flats, maisonettes, listed properties or other similar buildings. There are also certain areas that are not covered. Here’s a quick overview of what is and isn’t covered:

Type of Project Covered:

  • Building an extension
  • Certain changes of use
  • Loft conversions
  • Basement conversions
  • Garage conversions
  • Outbuildings for enjoyment purposes
  • Installation of solar panels

Protected Areas (Restricted Rights):

  • Conservation areas
  • National parks
  • World heritage sites
  • Areas of outstanding beauty

It is also important to note that although it might normally your property or project type, you may not automatically qualify. This is because, unfortunately, the slate isn’t wiped clean when you buy a house. Any space added by past owners since 1948 counts towards the permitted development allocation for each property.

How can CellarTech help?

With our extensive experience within the industry, we can help answer any questions you have about your project. We can help with both basement conversion and extension projects. If you’re interested in getting your project started, you can request a free quote, or get in touch and we would be happy to help!