2. When you don't need it
Some building projects don’t need planning permission. This is known as ‘permitted development rights’.
Building projects that normally have permitted development rights include:
- industrial premises and warehouses - though there are some limits and conditions
- some outdoor signs and advertisements - though there are special rules around these
- demolition - but before you begin you must get approval to demolish from your local planning authority
There are other projects that might not need planning permission, eg projects that will have no impact on your neighbours or the environment. If you think this could apply to your project, check with your Local Planning Authority.
Community Rights in England
If your building project benefits the local community, and the community supports it, you may not have to go through the normal planning permission process. Neighbourhood planning and Community Right to Build lets your community grant planning permission directly under certain circumstances.