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Permitted development rights reduce the need for applications


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A wide range of works, including building operations, extensions, demolition and certain changes of use, do not need express planning permission, as they benefit from permitted development rights. Permitted development rights apply when the process of applying for planning permission would be out of proportion with the impact of works carried out.

Residential and Non-Residential Properties

One notable feature of permitted development rights is their applicability to both residential and non-residential properties. This flexibility allows property owners to undertake various changes, such as creating new dwellings or adapting business spaces for different purposes.

Prior Approval

In some cases, when permitted development rights are applicable, property owners can proceed with their planned works without significant administrative hurdles. However, certain situations may require a more specialised application known as ‘prior approval,’ which involves a more limited review process.

Navigating Complex Criteria

Understanding the criteria that govern permitted development rights can be challenging due to their complexity. Property owners and developers must carefully assess and consider these criteria before initiating any project to ensure compliance.

Professional Consultation

Consulting with experts is highly recommended when dealing with permitted development rights. Professional guidance can help property owners gain clarity on which specific rights apply to their project. It also assists in determining whether the process requires prior approval or traditional planning permission.


Seeking professional advice not only provides a deeper understanding of the regulations but also offers a higher level of certainty. This approach minimises the time and financial resources needed to successfully carry out a construction project while complying with all necessary regulations.