Keeping It Legal
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Therefore, it is wise to always discuss your proposals with your local planning authority and building control service before starting any work. Find out more about your responsibilities here.
Permitted Development Rights
If you have only had minor adjustments made to your house, planning permission is not always required. These are known as ‘permitted development rights’ and are described in this guide. They derive from general planning permission that is actually granted by Parliament. Please be mindful that the development rights, which apply to most common projects for domestic houses, do not apply to maisonettes, flats, or other buildings.
Permitted Development Rights Withdrawn
It is also worth noting that the local planning authority might have issued an Article 4 direction, which removes any of your development rights. If this is the case, you have to submit a planning application for work that wouldn’t normally need one. You can learn more about this here.
Lawful Development Certificates
If your application is fully or partly declined, or is accepted differently from what you requested, or is not decided on within the 8-week time limit, you are able to appeal. Appeals are made to the Planning Inspectorate. You can find out more about Lawful Development Certificates here.
Transfer of Private Sewers
You can call the sewer protection team on 01225 526333 or send them an email to discuss any proposals you may have before any work begins. If you propose to build over any public sewer, Wessex Water may need to arrange a CCTV survey. Take a look at this PDF for more information about building over a public sewer.