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Planning explained

Applying for planning permission? Here’s how to get started

Thinking of a major renovation or extension but don’t know how to apply for planning permission – or whether you really need it? Find out some of the ins and outs of planning rules – from how and when to apply to how much an application costs.

You’ll almost certainly need planning permission for any major building project, but do you know where to start? Here, we’ve brought together some useful tips to help you get the ball rolling.  

Remember, planning rules may change so please refer to gov.uk/planning-permission-england-wales for the most up-to-date information. This includes links for planning rules in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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