Planning and building


  1. Planning permission

    When you need planning permission, where to apply, what counts as permitted development and how to appeal a planning permission decision

  2. Search the register of planning decisions

    Check out how you can view proposed building plans or developments and object or comment on them through the local council

  3. Appeal or search for a planning decision or notice

    Search for an appeal against a planning decision or notice from your local planning authority, or start a new appeal

  4. Building regulations approval

    When you need building regs approval, how to apply, using a competent person scheme, and determinations and appeals

  5. Party walls and building work

    When and how to tell neighbours about building works on party walls, what to do if you've been notified of works, how to come to an agreement

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Fire safety: Approved Document B
  2. When is permission required?
  3. Permitted development rights for householders: technical guidance
  4. Access to and use of buildings: Approved Document M
  5. Preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls
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News and communications

  1. Update on performance for the Planning Inspectorate
  2. Make “places not just homes” and transform retail parks into thriving communities, says Commission
  3. Called-in decision: land east of Gleneagles Way, Hatfield Peverel (ref: 3180729 - 8 July 2019)
  4. Called-in decision: land off Stone Path Drive, Hatfield Peverel (ref: 3180725 - 8 July 2019)
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Research and statistics

  1. Live tables on planning application statistics
  2. Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - June 2019
  3. Creating space for beauty: interim report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission
  4. House building: new build dwellings, England: January to March 2019
  5. Valuation Office Agency – Statistics at VOA
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Fire safety: clarification of statutory guidance (Approved Document B)
  2. National Policy Statement for geological disposal infrastructure
  3. Building a market for energy efficiency: call for evidence
  4. Housing Infrastructure Fund
  5. Making better use of energy performance of buildings data: privacy impact assessment
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Homes England Annual Report & Financial Statements 2018/19
  2. Environment Agency objections to planning on the basis of flood risk
  3. Planning Inspectorate spending over £250: May 2019
  4. Planning Inspectorate spending over £250: April 2019
  5. Register of Planning Inspectorate Board Member Interests
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