Permitted development in Purbeck
Guidelines on permitted development for householders.
There are certain types of development and minor works that can be carried out without the need to apply for planning permission. This is known as permitted development and is applicable to residential houses and bungalows only, although what is permitted will vary depending upon whether the property is detached, semi-detached or terraced. However, there are a large number of properties in Purbeck that have had their permitted development rights removed by a Condition on a planning permission. In these circumstances, a planning application will need to be submitted, but if the proposal is permitted development under the General Permitted Development Order, an application fee in not required.
Permitted development rights do not apply to flats, maisonettes, mobile homes or residential caravans.
If your property is a listed building you will require listed building consent before carrying out any type of work, internally or externally, even if your proposals are considered to be permitted development for the purposes of planning permission.
Conservation areas and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
There may be greater restrictions on what is permitted development if you live within a Conservation Area or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Planning Portal Interactive House
The Planning Portal - Interactive House (opens in a new window) webpage - a government sponsored website - provides information on various common householder projects and permitted development.
Solar panels and Permitted Development
More information can be found on the Solar Panels and Permitted Development page.
Making a Permitted Development Enquiry
It is strongly advised that you seek the written opinion of the council as to whether your proposals are permitted development before you start any work or order any building or materials. An informal opinion from the Council can be obtained by using the Informal Permitted Development Enquiry form 10.12.2012 (pdf, 149kb) (opens in a new window)
The application fee for a Permitted Development Enquiry is £120, which is payable with your enquiry and the informal opinion will usually be issued within 15 working days.
Note. If you sell your property, a prospective purchaser may require documentation to show that any development carried out on the property was lawful and many solicitors, building societies and banks will rely on the informal opinion of a planning officer of the council.
A formal opinion on whether your proposal is permitted development can be obtained by applying for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Development. The application fee for a Certificate is £86 for a householder application and a formal opinion will be issued between 6-8 weeks from registration. Please enquire about the fees for a non-householder Certificate application using the contact details below. An application form and details of local requirements are available on our planning application forms page.
Even though your proposals may be permitted development you may still require approval under the Building Regulations. Although there are some exemptions to this they are not the same as the exemptions from the need for planning permission. Please contact our Building Control Team for further advice.
Commercial premises and agricultural activities
There are an extensive number of permitted development rights pertaining to commercial enterprises and the farming community. To obtain an opinion as to whether your proposal is permitted development, please submit an informal enquiry or apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness. Charges apply as detailed above for an informal opinion and a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Development will be half the amount of the equivalent planning application.