What is permitted development?


Permitted development refers to certain types of construction and changes to existing buildings or land that can be carried out without the need for formal planning permission from the local planning authority. Permitted development rights are typically granted by national or local planning regulations and allow property owners to make specified changes to their properties without going through the full planning application process. 

The specific types of development that fall under permitted development rights can vary by country and region, as different jurisdictions have different rules and regulations. Common examples of permitted development might include small extensions, loft conversions, and certain changes to the external appearance of buildings. 

Property owners need to check with their local planning authority to understand the specific permitted development rights that apply to their property. Even though certain developments may be classified as permitted development, there may still be restrictions or conditions that need to be met. Additionally, some properties, such as listed buildings or those located in conservation areas, article 4 areas, may have more limited permitted development rights. 

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