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The General Permitted Development Order and Permitted Development Rights

If you are proposing a build and do not know whether you need planning permission, Kingsley Smith Solicitors may be able to help you. We have the necessary skills and experience dealing with the general permitted development order and permitted development rights to guide you through the process without having to deal with your local Council - who are often unsure when permission is required.

Find out how we can help you with planning issues. Contact us today on 01634 811118, make an online enquiry or drop us an email at

Councils will often seek either an application for planning permission or a lawful certificate of permitted development when in actual fact you may need no permission at all based on the general permitted development order. The council may threaten enforcement action, but they do not have sufficient power to do so. This is where our expertise in the general permitted development order and permitted development rights can save you time, money and stress. Find out more about permitted development rights for outbuildings.

How Can You Check Your Permitted Development Rights?  

To ensure that you do not fall foul of the law, even when your proposals do not require planning permission, we recommend that you obtain a Certificate of Lawful Development. Permitted development rights are a regularly misunderstood area, even by professionals and Councils: the GPDO of 18 March 2015 triggered further controversy. Our specialist planning law advice can save you unnecessary stress, cost and inconvenience.

Your building in safe hands

If you wish to carry out a development and have looked at the General Permitted Development Rights, you might find it difficult to follow without prior planning knowledge or understanding of the intricacies of how the general permitted development order works. Kingsley Smith Solicitors have a good knowledge of permitted development rights, and can review the General Permitted Development Order to advise you of your rights and how you can comply. Find out more about permitted development rights for specific types of developments.

Planning Regulations And Restrictions

Before undertaking a building project, it is important to understand the planning regulations and planning restrictions that are in place. This will ensure you do not encounter any setbacks, making your project as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

Planning Regulations

All developments are subject to planning regulations and restrictions. Even projects which do not need planning permission under permitted development rights are governed by strict terms and conditions.

If you are hoping to amend a property or construct a new edifice under permitted development,  you need to check that your plans comply with building and planning regulations. A solicitor who specialises in planning law will be able to review your plans before suggesting whether or not you are in breach of planning regulations. Find out more about permitted development rights in conservation areas.

If you are looking to build a new home, make major changes to a property, or change the use of a property, it is very likely that you will need planning permission. Again, a solicitor can advise you of your legal responsibilities, explaining whether you need to obtain consent for your proposed project.

Planning restrictions

There is a vast range of planning restrictions that you may not have even considered, from the height of the eaves to the materials you are using. There are also other factors to bear in mind, such as environmental permits and protected species. Having a lawyer assist you will ensure that you do not contravene any of these planning restrictions.

Can We Help You With Permitted Development?

If you would like our advice on a permitted development case, or if you would like to know your permitted development rights or submit a case for permitted development rights extensions, please call us on 01634 811 118, complete our online enquiry form, or email our planning law expert Nicholas Kingsley-Smith.

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