Planning Permission is needed if you want to do certain building works. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. Permission can be granted for:

  • building new structures;
  • changing or enlarging structures;
  • changing the use of land or buildings on it; or
  • for quarrying or the mining of minerals.

It is your responsibility for seeking, or not seeking, planning permission. Planning permission should be granted (if needed) before any work begins.

The granting of planning permission is different from the consent of use for land or premises. You would still need to gain permission from the owner of the land or premises to use or to change it. If you don’t gain permission, you could be liable for trespass or criminal damage which could be pursued in civil law.

Visit the Planning Portal website for more information and guidance on planning permission.