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Planning permission is the consent of your local authority on a proposed building project and is in place to deter inappropriate development. The building of a new dwelling, or extensive changes to existing buildings, usually requires planning permission. Most planning applications are decided within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex, in which case the time limit is extended to 13 weeks. You can perform certain types of work without
needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”. For peace of mind it is recommended to apply for a lawful development certificate (LDC). This is not the same as planning permission but is proof that your household building work is lawful.



Planning permission is an application that acquires permission from your local authority to build on an existing dwelling or the building of a new dwelling. The purpose of this is to deter any builds that do not meet the requirements of the UK planning policy. The law does however allow for certain projects to be completed without planning permission known as ‘Permitted Developments’. At Get Rapid plans we are happy to help you determine whether your project falls under Permitted Development. However, for peace of mind we would always advise property owners to apply for a lawful development certificate. The certificate essentially proves to the council and to future buyers that the household building work is lawful. This is particularly important where a project is complex and a lawfulness certificate would ensure protection.