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Permitted development

You may be allowed to make certain types of changes to a property without planning permission, this is known as ‘permitted development’.

The most common of these permitted development rights relate to extensions and alterations to dwelling houses, although they also apply to retail, industrial and other types of development. They also allow certain changes of use.

Some properties do not have permitted development rights. This means that planning permission will be required in most cases if your property:

  • is a flat or maisonette
  • is a listed building
  • is in a conservation area
  • has an Article 4 direction in place.

The Planning Portal provides:

If your project is permitted development

You can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) on the Planning Portal to confirm that your proposed or existing work does not need planning permission.

Prior approval

Certain forms of permitted development require you to notify us or seek our prior approval before any work begins.

To find out about the types of permitted development of particular relevance to Tower Hamlets see the:

List of permitted developments requiring prior approval (pdf)

For more information about the legislative requirements of these permitted developments please see the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, which is the principal order.