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Do I need planning permission? (householder)

Some alterations to your home may not require planning permission and could be carried out as a permitted development, if they satisfy certain limits and conditions. These may include the following:-

  • Extensions
  • Dormers/roof alterations
  • Outbuildings
  • Hard surfaces/decking

For further information on rear single-storey extensions, click here. Further advice is available on the Planning Portal.

Free householder enquiry service

You can use our free householder enquiry service to obtain an informal view of whether the works that you intend to carry out to your home would be a permitted development or need planning permission. We will provide an informal response in writing to all householder enquiries.

To use the service download and complete one of the forms below.

Please make sure you answer all of the questions and provide a sketch of your proposal, including measurements in metric.

Extensions

Porch

Loft Conversion

Outbuildings including sheds and greenhouse

Walls and fences

Hard surfacing including driveways and patios

Decking

Satellite Dishes

Energy equipment including wind turbines and solar panels

All completed forms should be sent to the following address:

Development Management
Copeland Borough Council
Copeland Centre
Market Hall
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7JG

Email: devcontrol@copeland.gov.uk

Lawful Development Certificate

You can obtain formal confirmation that your proposed works are permitted development by applying for a Lawful Development Certificate. This is not the same as planning permission but provides proof that your household building work is lawful. To apply for a Lawful Development Certificate, click here

Further guidance

Further guidance on various householder projects can be obtained from the Planning Portal using the following links:

Interactive house

Project advice

Extensions

Conservatories

Garage conversions

Outbuildings

Loft conversions

Patios and driveways

Porches

Doors and windows

Roof

Fences, gates and walls

Change of use

Other common projects

For advice on other forms of development, click here.