Housing and Planning Permissions

November 19, 2018 10:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Permits here permits there; if you want to make alterations inside or outside of a building, you’re going to need planning permissions. A little reminder for when you plan to make what is termed new “developments” to your building (house, office), or perhaps a land (or any other form of landed property). Whether these changes are to be done inside or outside the property, the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 exists to uphold certain laws concerning building and land remodelling. The edict which took effect the following year on the 1st of July, 1948, stipulates that a planning permission or what is otherwise referred to as a planning title is required to make such changes. 

How to Obtain Planning Permission.  

You can obtain planning permission or a planning permit from the Local Planning Authority. The LPAs are set up in such a way that different types of applications have specific councils to which their requests for planning permission is to be submitted. For example, the application for intended changes sited around the location of a national park will automatically be received at the National Park Authority.   

The Local Planning Authorities have their own websites which makes it convenient to start an application process. It’s a straightforward process, all one has to do is follow the instructions and fill out the necessary forms.  


Alterations That Require A Planning Permission.  

As earlier stated, anything considered as “development” on a piece of property, be it a building or land requires a planning permission.   Development, as used in this context refers to any significant form of revamping, remodelling or alterations of the interior or the exterior of a building or land. Therefore, engineering expeditions like extensive mining projects, extraction of minerals, and waste management all require a planning permission.  

However, not all alterations are considered significant enough to secure a planning permission. Sometimes, the level of changes to be made to a building or land is termed permitted development.  


Types of Planning Permission Applications.  

Just as there are specifically allocated entities and authorities to receive Planning Permission applications, it is also important to know the different types. The three major types of applications include; 

Alterations That Do Not Require A Planning Permission.  

What Is Permitted Development?  

“Permitted development” refers to inconsequential building alterations that do not register as a “development”. For instance, routine maintenance doesn’t cut it and minor works done indoors and/or outdoors do not meet the definition. Therefore, you do not need to seek planning permission, as such events can only be termed “permitted development”.   

Full Planning Permission 

This application usually contains every single provision needed to carry out development, alterations. It is subject to conditions but nonetheless, it is the most all-encompassing application.  

Outline Planning Permission.  

This one has to do with outlining the exact specifics of an intended development or project. It dictates a particular design or roadmap, and this must not be deviated from.  

Hybrid Planning Permission:  

This is referred to as a unique situation where the application is in part for a full planning permission and another part, an outline planning permission.  

In conclusion, it will serve you better to locate the Local Planning Authority responsible for the area in which your building or land is situated.  

It is not a criminal offence to effect changes or make interior and exterior alterations to your property without informing the LPAs. However, it becomes a crime when you refuse to pay the fines that may arise from a disregard of the edict.  

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