Planning permission for businesses

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

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

Visit our planning section 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. Visit our planning section to find out more.

Building control advice

Whether or not you need planning permission, you will still probably need building control advice, which helps to make sure that government-set building regulations are met in new builds, extensions and existing buildings. Find out about our building control service.

Get pre-application advice

If you need planning permission, from an extension to a new shopping or commercial development, we recommend you consider using our pre-app service - this can save you time and money in the long-run. Find out about our pre-planning application service.

Any questions?

If you have any question, please contact the planning team.