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Permitted Development Rights for Householders

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Alterations and extensions to properties

To find out whether or not a particular proposal  requires planning permission you can access the Planning Portal's Interactive Houses. Simply click on the relevant section of the house type to get advice, or contact the Development Control team if you are in doubt about whether you require planning permission.

Certain types of minor alterations and extensions can be carried out to properties without obtaining planning permission from a Local Planning Authority. These are known as "permitted development rights". Examples of permitted development include carrying out maintenance works to the exterior of your house or constructing a small extension.

The Council may have removed some "permitted development rights" when your property was first given planning permission; please check if there any restrictions on permitted development rights, or contact us before starting work.

In some areas of the country permitted development rights are more restricted. If you live in a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or live in a listed building, you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas.

If you already know you will need to make an application for work to your own home, click here to check what is required to lodge it.

Burnley Borough Council work in partnership with the Planning Portal to give advice and guidance on planning matters. Easy to follow text and useful tools are also provided here by the Planning Portal to assist you to find the information you need to decide if planning permission is required.

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