How to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness?
Permitted Development entitles you to make different types of minor changes to your house (loft conversion, side extension, rear extension and a garage conversion) without the need to apply for planning permission. These rights were introduced by the government in the 1995 Town and Country Planning Act (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, Article 3. In 2008, the government introduced its latest amendment to the Act. Permitted development rights usually apply to houses only, and do not include flats, maisonettes or other buildings. Houses in conservation areas and listed buildings are also not included.
For residential extensions, there have been a few new developments in the past year:
On the 6th September, 2012 the government announced new plans to ease the Permitted Development rights for different developments. On 12th November, 2012 the new plans were put out to consultation and adopted on 31st May 2013. The adopted plans are as follows:
- increasing the PD limits for the depth of single-storey domestic extensions from 4m to 8m (for detached houses) and from 3m to 6m (for all other houses), in non-conservation areas, for a period of three years. No changes are proposed for extensions of more than one storey
- increasing the PD size limits for extensions to shop and professional/financial services establishments to 100 sq m, and allowing the building of these extensions up to the boundary of the property (except where the boundary is with a residential property), in non-conservation areas, for a period of three years
- increasing the PD size limits for extensions to offices to 100 sq m, in non-conservation areas, for a period of three years
- increasing the size limits for new industrial buildings within the curtilage of existing industrial premises to 200 sq m, in non-conservation areas, for a period of three years
4D Planning Consultants are able to advise you whether your proposed extension falls under Permitted Development or whether you will need to apply for planning permission. If you are entitled to build under Permitted Development, then it is recommended to prepare an application to the local council for a “Certificate of Lawfulness”. You will need a full set of scaled architectural drawings showing the existing site and buildings as well as all the proposals. 4D Planning Consultants will prepare all the documentation and architectural drawings, all to scale, to meet all the validation requirements of the local council.
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