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Do I need planning permission?

Find out whether you need planning permission.

On 30th September 2013, the Welsh Government changed the rules relating to the need for planning permission for works to dwelling houses.

These rules, known as Permitted Development Rights, set out the conditions and limitations which control extensions and alterations to your house and other works within the curtilage of your property such as erecting outbuildings and providing hard surfaces.

The changes mean that some works may no longer require planning permission, whilst other work which was previously permitted development now requires planning permission.  The changes are not retrospective so only development started on 30th September or later will be subject to the new rules.

The Welsh Government has issued advice on Household Permitted Development RightsOpens new window

Further guidance on the need for planning permission is available via this link - The Planning Portal - The Guidance SectionOpens new window

You can submit an application for a Certificate of Proposed Lawful Development, a legal document which will confirm in writing whether planning permission is required for a proposed development. An application can be submitted via this link -  The Planning Portal - The Applications SectionOpens new window.  Alternatively forms can be downloaded by selecting City and County of Swansea via the Planning Portal - My Planning ApplicationsOpens new window Section.

Pre application advice can be obtained before submitting a planning application.  Information and guidance notes about the service can be viewed via the pre application advice page.

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