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Under English planning law, all construction works require planning consent. However, the legislation supports various dispensations, one of which is the creation of Permitted Development rights (under the General Permitted Development Order).


Permitted Development rights to allow specific building works and change-of-use when planning consent is not required. The condition being it complying with guidelines, set in the original act. In practice, each local authority planning department assesses and decides on compliance with the guidelines.


If a Homeowner intends to proceed with works under Permitted Development, it is good practice to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness. A Certificate of Lawfulness confirms the local planning authority’s agreement with the interpretation of the legislation.


One should note that the sequence of construction works is essential as in some instances this can affect, whether or not actions can be classed as Permitted Development.


Important note:

Please be aware that a Certificate of Lawfulness only reflects the law at the date of the making of the application. If you leave implementation for any period, you should always check whether there has been any change in legislation.


HANZO.Design team is happy to discuss your needs regardless of the size of your project and to assist you on providing relevant information as to how to proceed in obtaining all necessary permissions, attain architectural design and to begin with construction works.

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