Do I need planning permission?
If you do not know if you need planning permission, please see the Planning Portal's guidance and interactive houses to determine whether the work you want to carry out requires planning permission.
If you need permission:
If you have found that you do need planning permission then please then move on to submit a planning application.
You may also require building consent.
See also 'permitted development' below.
Note: Legislation allowing larger single-storey rear extensions to be built under permitted development rules has been laid before Parliament and came into force on 30th May 2013. The new size limits will be subject to a neighbour consultation scheme, work is to be completed by 30th May 2019. See neighbour consultation scheme guidance notes on the Planning Portal website
You can make certain types of minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called 'permitted development rights'. They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings.
For more information please see:
For householder enquiries where planning permission is required, we encourage you to complete the householder enquiry form below with as much information as possible so that we can give you clear and detailed advice (we can only answer enquires that include the full postal address of the property). Alternatively, it is possible to speak to a member of the Development Management department between 10:00am and 4pm although except for the most straightforward queries, it is likely that we will require further information in writing. Enquiries can also be e-mailed to us using our contact details (to the right). Due to recent high demand for pre-application advice the time scale for replies will be approximately 20 working days.
Adur & Worthing Councils do not currently charge for pre-application advice. In the first instance, enquiries should be sent in writing to the Development Management section using the contact details (to the right), providing as much information as possible (we can only answer enquires that include the full postal address of the property or a location map showing the site). If a meeting is subsequently necessary, then the officer will make contact to arrange an appointment, otherwise a reply will be given in writing. Due to recent high demand for pre-application advice the time scale for replies will be approximately 20 working days.
The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as 'Use Classes'.
Some planning applications may involve a 'change of use'.
To find out more please see:
Contact Planning (Development Management)
Adur & Worthing Councils,
44 Richmond Road,