Do I need planning or building control permission?
Find out if you need planning permission or building regulations for building work, household projects and larger home extensions.
You can carry out some extensions and alterations to your home without the need to apply for planning permission under permitted development rights granted by the government. The planning portal website and interactive house guide can be very useful in explaining how this works.
The government has also published technical guidance (April 2016) [692kb], which helps to explain how permitted development rights apply to the particular circumstances or design of your home.
Written guidance cannot cover every circumstance, though. So if you are in any doubt about permitted development issues, please contact us before you commission, or carry out, large building work and we can advise you. You can contact us using the details on this page.
When permitted development rights don't apply
The Planning Portal guidance on permitted development rights also gives information on when permitted development rights may be restricted or removed from a property.
If permitted development rights have been removed, your project may automatically require planning permission.
The only way to find out is to research the original planning permission of your property. You can do this at the council offices. If you would like us to do this on your behalf a fee is chargeable.
Effect of Special Protection Area on permitted development
As Rushmoor lies within five kilometres of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, you also may need planning consent for some developments that don't normally need it.
For more information, please see our Permitted development - exceptions page.
Larger home extensions
You can find out about legislation which may allow some householders to build large single storey rear extensions without the need for planning permission.
Free advice on your building project
You can find a full list of projects, case studies and mini-guides on the Do you need permission? page of the Planning Portal website. You can also use its 'interactive house' feature which gives advice about common building projects.
You will find guidance on whether you need planning permission or building regulations for common projects around the home from the following pages on the Planning Portal website:
Please find more information for agents and developers on our Pre-applicaion advice page.
How to be sure you don't need planning permission
If you want to be sure you don't need planning permission, please contact us using the contact details on this page. We charge for this service. We will then confirm if you need permission or not.
If your proposal does require planning permission, an officer will explain the planning application process to you, then work with you if you want to apply.
Guides to renovating or extending your home
The Hart and Rushmoor Building Control Partnership has produced some useful guides on a range of subjects including advice on consent needed for conservatories, kitchens and bathrooms.
Planning Aid England
If you feel you need additional, independent advice about getting involved in the planning process, you may be able to get help from Planning Aid England.
Planning Aid England provides free, independent and professional advice on town and country planning issues to community groups and individuals. Planning Aid believes everyone should have the chance to get involved in planning their local area, and provides people with the knowledge and tools to do this.
You will find more information on Planning Aid and the services it offers on the Planning Aid England website.