Some changes to your home might not need planning permission and could be carried out as 'permitted development' if they satisfy certain limits and conditions. 

These include:

  • Extensions
  • Dormers
  • Outbuildings
  • Hard surfaces/decking
  • Boundary treatment
  • Other specific works

For more information on what you can and can't do - please take a look at:

If you would like an officer's informal opinion on whether planning permission is needed - please complete our online form.

Do i need planning permission? online enquiry form

Please note: You may still need Building regulation approval. Please visit out Building Control FAQs page for more information.

In some cases your property may be tied to a restriction and you will need to Apply for planning permission. See below for more details.

Limits to permitted development rights

Development rights are more restrictive in the case of:

  • Listed Buildings
  • Conservation areas
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Article 4

In some areas permitted development rights have been removed by an 'Article 4' direction. This means that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one.

Additionally you should check that permitted development rights have not been removed by a planning condition for the development of the original dwelling. Please contact us using the information below for further information.

For example: Permitted development rights have been removed for many types of domestic development within both the Cuckfield and Lindfield conservation areas.

Check below to see if your property is within such an area:

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477566

Last updated: 16 April 2018