Do I need planning permission to paint my windows?
If you want to paint your windows a different colour then you DON'T need planning permission or building regulations.
However, depending on the property you live in, there may be restrictions to what you can do to the external appearance. For example, in listed buildings or for leaseholders.
Restrictions that you need to check before painting or replacing windows:
You need listed building consent before replacing windows and you'll be restricted to the style and colour of your windows and frames.
Conservation Areas, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites have restrictions similar to listed buildings and you'll need to seek approval from the relevant authority before replacing any windows.
Article 4 Direction
Check that your local council doesn't have a directive in place that overrides permitted development rights.
For leasehold properties such as apartments and new build developments, there may be covenants in the lease that restrict the style and colour of windows you can have. Before making any changes to your windows (including painting a different colour) contact the management company for permission.
Information is correct at time of publication: Updated June 2021.
Planning rules are subject to change. Always seek approval from your local planning authority before starting any building work.