Some building projects do not need planning permission. This is known as ‘permitted development rights’. You can find information and guidance about permitted development rights on the gov.uk website.
Building projects that normally have permitted development rights include:
- Loft conversions, so long as there is no physical change to the front of the property
- Industrial premises and warehouses
- Some outdoor signs and advertisements
- Demolition projects – however, you must get approval from your local planning authority beforehand
There are other projects that might not need planning permission – for example, projects that will have no impact on your neighbours or the environment. Again, you can check with your local planning authority and on the gov.uk website
If your building project benefits the local community, and the community supports it, you may not have to go through the normal planning permission process.
Neighbourhood planning and Community Right to Build allows permission to be granted by your community under certain circumstances