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.

You may also be interested in...

Real home-renovation stories

Renovators take us on a tour of their homes

Wanting to move or improve your home and looking for a bit of inspiration? We asked homeowners to share their renovation stories and some easy-to-steal decorating tips.

Renovating a house on a budget

Adding value to your home

Upgrading your home on a budget? Experts reveal the refurbishments that are really worth spending your money on.


Refreshing. Reassuring. Remortgages.

Whether you’re buying or remortgaging, we make applying easier – so you can focus on the things that matter. 

Home improvement loan

Spruce up your property

Whether you’d like a new kitchen, or want to give your lounge a new lease of life, this loan is designed to help you get more from your property.

Loans are subject to status. Early settlement fees apply.