Last edited 05 Dec 2013

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order


[edit] Introduction

Generally it is up to a local planning authority to decide whether to allow a particular development or not. However, in England and Wales, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 enables central government to permit certain types of developments known as permitted developments. These are generally minor changes to existing properties.

Permitted developments do not require approval from the local planning authority as permission is granted by the Order. Examples of permitted developments include: certain enlargements or alterations to houses; certain pet enclosures, sheds and fuel storage containers; certain porches, doors and windows, and so on (see permitted developments for more information).

In May 2013, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 came into force, making changes to permitted development rights.

[edit] Use class change

See Use Class for definitions of use classes.

[edit] Extensions

  • The order increases permitted development rights for single-storey (less than 4m in height) rear extensions from 4m to 8m for detached dwellings, and from 3m to 6m for other dwellings, if the dwelling is not in an exempt area and the extension does not cover more than 50% of the curtilage of the dwelling. The local planning authority will use ‘a light-touch neighbours’ consultation scheme’ and will assess whether prior approval is required. The works must be completed by 30 May 2016.
  • In addition, extensions of 100sqm or 50% (whichever is lower) are permitted for offices, shops and professional and financial services. Extensions of 200sqm or 50% are permitted for industrial premises. The works must be completed by 30 May 2016.

[edit] Prior approval

Some of these amendments permit development only with prior approval of certain aspects or beyond certain sizes. See prior approval for more information.

[edit] Ongoing changes

Further changes to the rules for permitted development are expected in 2014. See Permitted development for more information.

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