It’s easy to sit through shows such as Kirstie and Phil’s Love it or List and be filled with amazing ideas about revamping your home with extensions, conservatories and outdoor buildings. But how many of these renovations can you make with no planning permission needed?
Trying to work out which projects don’t need planning permission can be a bit of a minefield. However,
You’ll be surprised by just how many home renovations you can carry out without planning permission. Here are our top five projects you won’t have to tell the local authorities about.
No planning permission needed
1. Building a porch
You don’t need to submit an application for planning permission when building a porch if the floor doesn’t exceed 3 square metres, and it’s no more than 3 metres above ground level. You will also need to make sure that no part of the porch is within 2 metres of any boundary of the house or a highway.
However, you will need to be careful if you take the front door of the property out the porch, as it then becomes part of the property and potentially subject to planning permission.
2. Building a conservatory
You don’t need permission for a
3. Building a shed
If the floor area of the
4. A loft conversion
If you live in a designated area such as a national park or World Heritage Sites you will not be allowed a roof extension. However, in most areas, you won’t need planning permission as long as the loft conversion is no higher than the highest part of the roof and a similar material to the rest to the house is used.
If you live in a terraced house the conversion can have a volume allowance of 40 cubic metres of additional space. Detached and semi-detached houses can have an extra 10 cubic metres on top of this. However, the roof enlargement can’t hang over the outer wall of the house.
5. Building an extension
It might surprise you to find out that you don’t need planning permission for building an
Whether you are thinking about renovating your home or already halfway through planning it, be sure to check over the full list of restrictions on the compare the market
You never know you could get away with transforming your home with no planning permission needed.