How long does planning permission take?
Most planning permission applications are decided within 8 weeks. The time limit for complex applications is 13 weeks (in England).
However, you might be required to resubmit your applications or parts of the application.
How long does planning permission last?
Unless otherwise stated, or is conditional, planning permission expires after three years when you will have to reapply.
Planning permission is attached to the land and not the applicant; therefore, buildings and land can be sold with planning permission.
Once you have planning permission in place, it can be possible to make small changes. These can be submitted by a non-material amendment application.
How much does planning permission cost?
A Householder Application and a Full Application for a single property, for alteration and extension is £206.
A Full Application for a new build property is £462 per house (under 50 houses).
Outline application for a site area less than 2.5 hectares is £462 for each 0.01 hectare.
Prior Approval for a larger home extension is £96.
Note this is an application fee and doesn't guarantee you will get planning permission. Resubmissions also require a fee.
Don’t forget that as part of your planning permission application process, you will need architectural drawings. These will add several thousand pounds depending on the size of the house and the project details.
Building regulations approval is set by the individual Local Planning Authority and can vary. Read a full list of fees for Planning Permission here.
How to get planning permission
To apply for planning permission, apply directly to your LPA. You can find your Local Planning Authority here.
Download a planning permission template here.
You can read more in-depth information about what is required in the planning permission process here.
Your planning application will be considered by your Local Planning Authority on the development plan including:
- the number, size, layout, siting and external appearance of buildings
- the infrastructure available, such as roads and water supply
- any landscaping needs
- what you want to use the development for
- how your development would affect the surrounding area - for example, if it would create lots more traffic
Note, after your application is submitted a notice is posted outside your property and your neighbours will receive written notification with the opportunity to make any objections.