Which Domestic Projects Require Planning Permission?

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As a homeowner, there’s nothing quite like putting your own personal stamp on a property to make your house feel like a home. From redecorating the interiors, to undertaking larger-scale work, developing your property can be an extremely satisfying experience.

When it comes to more significant modifications, the same question is likely to crop up time and time again – ‘Will I need planning permission?’ If your property is listed, or borders a listed building, permission will always be needed. For all other instances, we run down the most popular home projects, and the associated requirements.

Garden Shed, Greenhouse and Garage

Defined as ‘outbuildings’, you generally won’t need planning permission to erect a shed, greenhouse or garage. Outbuildings are classed as permitted developments, which means they’re fine to go ahead with, as long as they fall within certain criteria. These rules include a maximum height of four meters with a dual-pitched roof, or three meters without, and no verandas, balconies or raised platforms.


Similar to the outbuildings listed above, a conservatory is a permitted development that generally does not need planning permission. The conditions here list that conservatories should not take up more than half the area of land around the original building, should not be higher than the highest part of the roof, and should not extend beyond three meters of the rear wall of attached houses, and four meters for detached houses.

Home Extension

Whereas a conservatory is great for relaxing and socialising, a home extension is perfect for adding extra room to your living area, or improving your kitchen space. A home extension doesn’t require planning permission if it’s kept in line with regulations, many of which are shared with the conservatory guidelines listed above. The same space guidelines apply, so if you’re looking to extend your home higher or further than the dimensions listed in the conservatory section, you’ll need to contact your local council for permission.

Loft Conversion

Loft conversions are a great way to add extra space to your home, and won’t need planning permission below a volume allowance of 40 cubic meters of roof space for terrace houses, or 50 for semi-detached and detached properties. While a generic loft conversion does not require planning permission, you will need permission if the roof space is extended or altered. Without permission, there should be no extensions above the highest part of the roof, nor overhanging the original face of the property.

Fences and Gates

Planning permission here mainly depends on height, with restrictions of one meter if bordering a highway or footpath, and two meters otherwise. Planning permission is not needed to remove a fence or gate however, or to improve/maintain an existing fence when not amending its height.

Further Information

Please note that all information above as correct at the time of writing, and may be subject to amendments since the publication of this blog. Guidelines have also been discussed here in an abridged form, so if in doubt, please visit for complete and up-to-date information. If you do need to apply for planning permission, all other info you’ll need can be found here

For any further queries, you can also contact us here at Leicester Carpentry, where we’ll be happy to offer further advice regarding your home developments and planning permission requirements. With a team of highly-skilled professionals, we can also help you achieve your dream results across a range of domestic projects, so be sure to drop us a line.

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