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Planning permission for residents

You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change to your home - such as building an extension
  • change the use of your building - from office to residential for example
  • make changes if you live in a listed building or in a conservation area

Visit our planning homepage, or use the links on the right to find out more about planning permission.

Always find out if you need planning permission

If your project needs planning permission and you do the work without getting it, you can be served an ‘enforcement notice’ ordering you to undo all the changes you have made, so make sure you find out about planning permission before you make any major changes to your home.

The Planning Portal has a great online tool that helps you work out if you need planning permission. You can also visit our Do I need planning permission section?

Visit our planning homepage to find out more.

You might not need planning permission

Some building projects don’t need planning permission, such as small home extensions, but will just need building control support. That said, we always recommend you check with us first and we can advise you on whether or not you need planning permission and can also advise you on the building control support you will need. Visit our planning homepage to find out more.

Get pre-application advice

If you need planning permission - from an extension through to a barn conversion, we recommend you let us check out your plans first, before you apply - this can save you time and money in the long-run. Find out more about our pre-application planning service.

Any questions?

If you have any question, please contact the development control team on 01543 308197/174 or email

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

If you need to contact a team direct, please visit our contacts page for team phone numbers and email addresses.

Opening times

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