Whether you’re simply looking to improve your existing house or carry out major works to one you’re intending to buy, it pays to understand the scope of the available Permitted Development (PD) rights.

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In order to carry out work under PD the work
must strictly conform to the current criteria, so it
does make sense to either check with your local
authority before carrying out the works or have a
qualified surveyor confirm that they are in order.

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New Permitted Development Rules:

What You Can Do?

Improvements

• Build a porch.
• Carry out internal alterations.
• Convert and occupy the loft space.
• Install microgeneration equipment
(apart from wind turbines).
• Install satellite dishes.
• Erect antenna.
• Put in rooflights or dormer windows.
• Put in new doors or windows.
• Extend the back of your home.
• All subject to design constraints;
e.g. porch has to be less than 3m³, rooflights
and dormers must not face the highway, etc.

Out Buildings

• You can construct all sorts of outbuildings for
the use and enjoyment of the home so long as
they do not cover more than 50% of the garden
space. In Scotland this is reduced to 30%.
• Outbuildings must be single storey with a
maximum ridge height of 4m for a pitched roof
or 3m for any other kind of roof. The eaves
height must be no more than 2.5 metres.
• If the outbuilding is closer to the boundary than
2m it shall be no higher than 2.5m.

Extensions

• You can extend a dwelling by 4m to the rear if
it’s single storey or 3m if it’s double. #
• There are height restrictions but they boil down
to a single storey extension not being higher
than 4m in height to the ridge and the eaves,
and ridge heights of any extension not being
higher than the existing property.
• Two storey extensions must not be closer than
7m to the rear boundary.
• It must be built in the same or similar material to
the existing dwelling.
• Extensions must not go forward of the building
line of the original dwelling.
• Side extensions must be single storey, maximum
height of 4m and a width no more than half of
the original building.
• In Designated Areas side extensions require
planning permission and all rear extensions must
be single storey.
• An extension must not result in more than half
the garden being covered.
• You can only do it once and the original building is either as it was on 1st July 1948 or when it was built.

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