You will most likely require planning permission in order to legally proceed with a development in the UK. The main types of development for which planning application must be submitted and approved include new builds, major alterations to existing buildings, and changes of use. If work is started without planning permission, an enforcement notice will be issued to the owner of the property, followed by potential fines, or prosecution.

Planning permission is often an essential prerequisite to developments of any kind – it is highly advisable to check if it is required prior to undertaking work of any kind, or starting building. Involving a planning consultant with your development project can assist in the effective composition and submission of all documents required for planning permission, getting things moving within a shorter timeframe.