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Residential and Commercial Permitted Development in Purbeck

Guidelines on permitted development.

Permitted Development for Residential Properties

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. 

The terms of reference for permitted development are set out in the  The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (opens in a new window) , which has been subject to a number of subsequent amendments.  The Order sets out classes of development for which a grant of planning permission is automatically given, provided permitted development rights have not been removed.

NOTE.  Permitted development rights do not apply to flats, maisonettes, mobile homes or residential caravans.

The Removal of Permitted Development Rights 

Permitted development rights can be removed by a Condition attached to a planning permission, either for an individual property or as a group, for example, the development of small or large housing estates.  In addition, an area could be covered by an Article 4 Direction that restricts certain types of development within it, for example, an urban conservation area.

There are a large number of properties in Purbeck that have had their permitted development rights removed by a Condition on a planning permission and 16 areas subject to an Article 4 Direction.  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 is not required. 

Permitted Development for Commercial and Agricultural Premises

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.

Changes to Permitted Development Rights 2013 & 2014

From 30 May 2013 permitted development rights were extended for householders and businesses that allow them to do more without applying for planning permission.  The main changes allow:

  • larger single storey rear extensions to residential properties
  • conversion of buildings from office to residential use
  • more flexible uses for shops, offices, residential institutions, and agricultural buildings
  • easier conversion of premises for school uses

From 6 April 2014 permitted development rights were extended for the change of use of agricultural buildings to schools, nurseries and residential dwellings, plus the conversion of shops to residential dwellings.

More information can be found in our Permitted Development - a plain English guide (pdf, 134kb) (opens in a new window) .  Please use the application forms below to notify the council of any proposals under the new changes.  There is a fee of £80 for all these notifications of a change of use.   There is no fee for notification of proposed larger home extensions. Please Note.  These permitted development rights are not available in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation Areas

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Permitted Development Not Affected by the 2013 Changes

The changes to permitted development rights only affects a small number of proposals and The Planning Portal - a government sponsored website - provides information on various  common development projects (opens in a new window) and permitted development, including an interactive house and guides.

Listed Buildings 

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.

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 01.04.2014 (pdf, 149kb) (opens in a new window)  

The application fee for a Permitted Development Enquiry is £123, 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.

Building Regulations

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.

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