Little-known DIY jobs that need planning permission

9th August 2022

It can be exhilarating to take up a summer DIY project to make your house look how you want it to. But did you know that you need planning permission before you make any changes to your home? Even things that may seem very minute might pose huge problems if you don’t have the correct planning permits to get them done.


Non-compliance can lead to major trouble and a lot of hassle. Celebrities, including Jeremy Clarkson and Ed Sheeran, weren’t given consent to work on a few DIY projects at home! Unbelievable, right? Regardless of our fame and wealth, there are certain rules we must follow when working on loft conversions in London or any other DIY projects at home. Non-compliance can lead to serious consequences, causing major issues later on. Might as well be safe than sorry. Therefore, it is always advisable to get the needed approval or licenses before taking up any home DIY project.


Anything that is substantial and will add value to your home is something you will need planning permission for. The local planning authority of every area has a different way of interpreting the National Planning Policy Framework. They label projects as “substantive” based on what they make of the definition. We all have to comply with what they set forth.


Even if you need to build an extra bedroom in the house, you might need to get permission for that. Something as minor as this might seem insignificant to many, which is why they don’t feel the need to get permission for it. However, it is essential to do so in order to avoid any conflicts later on.


While minor alterations like adding windows to a room don’t require planning permission, you still need building regulations approval. Some examples of permitted development include loft and garage conversions, porches less than 3m squared, and installation of solar panels.


You should always check with your local council before making any changes to a property. This is very important to ensure that you comply with standard requirements.


As a rule of thumb, anything that requires structural changes or any work being done on the exterior of the house requires planning permission. It’s imperative to get permission from local authorities every single time.


If you start your DIY project without taking permission prior to it, you might get a ‘STOP’ notice and, as a result, have to leave your work midway. LPAs have a lot of power and can do so if they see that you haven’t sought permission or complied with the said regulations.


In conclusion, whether you’re planning to carry out a house extension in London or any small DIY project in your house, gaining planning permission will make the process easier and hassle-free for you!


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