Normally if you wish to develop land or buildings you will have to apply to us for planning permission.

Before you apply please discuss your proposals with us. You will be able to get key advice from us that will to help you save time and money by getting your planning application right first time. We call this pre-application advice and it is highly recommended. It is a free service, unless your development is for more than one dwelling.

Development includes building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or changing the way a building or piece of land is used, by anyone.

Some small scale development may not need permission – this is called permitted development. For example in certain circumstances small house extensions, garages, porches, garden sheds, boundary walls and changes to businesses may not need planning permission.