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Do I need planning permission?

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Pre-application Advice

The pre application and enquiry service has TEMPORARILY been SUSPENDED due to the high volume of applications we are receiving. Pre applications for major and strategic developments will continue to be accepted. 

If you are seeking advice on whether planning permission would be required please see our planning guides.

Alternatively you can submit a certificate of lawfulness application. 

You have 2 options to help determine whether or not you require planning permission:-

  • You can review the National Planning guidance on the Planning Portal website via the Interactive House (free advice service). You will also find a list of common projects on this page; some have mini guides and case studies which you may find useful to review.
  • You can complete a certificate of lawful development for a proposed use, which provides formal confirmation of the requirement for permission. (A National Fee of £103 is applied for this service).

Access our online mapping facility to check whether a property is within a conservation area, article 4 area, a listed building, view live planning applications or refer to planning history for an address. There are sometimes further restrictions in the form of conditions placed on earlier planning permissions, for example barn conversions and the use of garages which should be clarified prior to carrying out any alterations.  

Certain forms of development are permitted without a requirement to make a specific planning application. These are known as permitted developments.

If you require any further help or assistance e-mail: dcsupport@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or telephone 01283 508606 and speak to one of the planning support staff.