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Do I need planning permission?
Here at Kingsley Smith Solicitors, our knowledge and experience in planning across England can make a real difference to the outcome when applying for planning permission, or when appealing against a planning refusal.
Kingsley Smith Solicitors can advise clients on how to obtain planning permission right from the very start of the application process, and make applying for planning permission straightforward and stress-free. If you are applying for Planning Permission or have any queries about how to obtain planning permission, do not hesitate to contact us today.
How to get Planning Permission
When applying for planning permission, it is vital a planning application is drafted correctly. With careful consideration given to specific requirements, it’s likely to have a much better chance of success. Kingsley Smith’s team of Planning Lawyers have extensive experience in planning permission UK laws and how to get planning permission - knowledge in how to get planning permission and the process of applying for planning permission is indeed vital throughout the process. This experience and knowledge helps to ensure that you have the best prospects of success when applying for planning permission.
Do I Need Planning Permission?
Some developments must have planning permission before work begins. If permission is not obtained and the development proceeds, an enforcement notice may be issued ordering you to reverse the changes that have been made.
To establish whether or not you need planning permission, you need to speak to a legal professional at the outset.
When Do I Need Planning Permission?
The rules and regulations surrounding planning permission are complicated. Ordinarily, you will need to seek planning permission if you:
- Build something new
- Carry out a major change to the building, such as build an extension
- Change the use of the building
You may not need planning permission if you are making minor changes to the building, as these may be allowed under permitted development rights. This normally applies to:
- Industrial premises and warehouses
- Outdoor signs and advertisements
- Repairs, maintenance and minor improvements, such as repainting windows
Since September 2020, following the Covid-19 pandemic, permitted development rights have been expanded significantly. We can advise you with up-to-date expertise on whether your development plans would qualify, and what restrictions you need to know about.
In some areas of the country permitted development rights are restricted. These are known as designated areas and include conservation areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rights may also be restricted with flats, maisonettes and listed buildings.
Speaking To A Solicitor
The easiest way to confirm your legal position is to speak to a solicitor who specialises in planning law. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, such as: do I need planning permission? How do I apply for planning permission? And I how do I protect myself against an enforcement notice?
Planning Permission Requirements
As the owner of a property or piece of land, you are legally responsible for adhering to the planning rules and regulations. If you fail to comply with planning permission requirements, you will be held liable.
Planning Permission Requirements - What You Need to Know
Some projects will not need an application for planning permission as they are covered by permitted development rights. Even so, other planning requirements may be in force, such as Prior Approval, building regulations and environmental permits.
To make certain that you have fulfilled all the planning permission requirements, it is best to speak to a solicitor while you are still in the planning stages. This will ensure that you do not fall foul of the rules and regulations, something which can cost a great deal of time and money.
Do You Need Planning Permission? Speak to a Solicitor Today
The easiest way to confirm your legal position is to speak to a solicitor who specialises in planning law. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, such as: do I need planning permission? How do I apply for planning permission? And I how do I protect myself against an enforcement notice? Find out more about our Planning Law Services.
To find out if you need planning permission, get in touch with us today. Please call us on 01634 811 118 or complete our online enquiry form or email our planning law UK expert Nicholas Kingsley-Smith.
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