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Householder enquiries and advice

Planning history of your property

To find out the planning history of your property, including whether it has any permitted development rights (removed or not by a planning condition on a previous or original planning permission), we recommended you: 

  • Email us at or call 01543 309819 to request a householder local search. This will provide you with a list of all planning application numbers relating to your residential property - a fee applies
  • Once you have the list of relevant application numbers, you could then view the application decisions on our website (if it is since 2006). Alternatively, contact the development management team to buy a copy of the decision notice (£10 each), or visit our Frog Lane offices to see the planning decision notice - advance notice of this is recommended. The conditions of the planning permission will state whether or not permitted development rights for a development have been removed.
  • For help on what permitted development is and to see the categories of permitted development please refer to Schedule 2 Part 1 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, as amended.

Do I need planning permission?

To find out if you need planning permission, having viewed the property history, you can then: 

  • Review the interactive guidance for householders on the Planning Portal.
  • Seek further advice and/or confirmation from the council following the above, then you could submit a certificate of lawfulness for proposed development. Details of how to do this and application forms and fees applicable can be found at Planning Portal.
  • Submit a pre-application householder enquiry. To find out more visit our pre-application guidance

Please note that we have a duty planning officer service between 8.45am to 12.30pm, where you can speak to a planning officer to seek general verbal advice/help. However, this will not include providing details of any site history or undertaking a search of a planning site history and so they will not be able to advise whether your permitted development rights have been removed. We therefore recommend that you contact us by emailing or calling 01543 309650 or 309819 to carry out a local search at a fee. Alternatively, contact the development management team to seek written pre-application advice, for which a fee also applies.

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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

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Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.