Permitted Development Rights are the rights that enable people to make certain changes/modifications to their property without writing the Planning Application. These National Grant rights are like an ultimate Planning Permission issued by the Parliament. Although they do come with their own rules and regulations to control the misuse of these rights and appeals are pretty rare in these cases. It is very common to see mostly houses under the protection of these rights but the renovation of flats or other buildings do require Planning Permission.

All types of Permitted Development Rights are all written on the official website of the Legislation, i.e. and you will also find the restrictions of these rights as well. To obtain these rights, Planning Enforcement Limited would strongly recommend contacting your Local Planning Authority. Due to the changes in the Legislation, you need to be updated with the latest Permitted Development Rights.

Can Permitted Development Rights be Removed or Withdrawn?

Yes, Permitted Development Rights can be removed by the Local Planning Authority. They can either impose curtain Planning Conditions which are compulsory for every development or they can issue an “Article 4” direction which enables the Local Planning Authority to withdraw the rights in a particular area. By practising these two methods, the Local Planning Authority can remove your permitted development rights.

In some cases, you need to acquire the Planning Permission from your LPA even though you have the Permitted Development Rights. But in many cases, Prior Approval from the LPA will be enough for you to start your project.

What is a Prior Approval?

Before starting your project, you need to acquire Prior Approval from the Local Planning Authority. It is an approval that everyone should acquire before the start of their project which indicates the details and materials being used in your development. This approval indicates that the Local Planning Authority has no problem with your project and you can now start your project.

Writing Prior Approval is relatively easier than writing a Planning Application. You do not have to write the exact details of your development while seeking Prior Approval as you would do in the Planning Application. Prior Approval is a simple process that applies only where the Principle of Development is already being established. Yes you can write your own Prior Approval just like you can draw your own Planning Permissions.

But as we mentioned above, every house is different from one another and therefore no specific guidelines can be set out for your house. In order to know more about the Permitted Development Rights, go to the Local Planning Authority or visit


How much does a planning consultant cost?

Costing primarily depends on the scale of your project. From Design Permission to Just consultation, Prices varies from consultant to consultant. But the average would be around £450.

Are planning consultants worth it?

Yes, absolutely they are worth every penny of yours. In fact, the whole planning process, if not done correctly, can delay the whole project by years. A Planning Consultants can navigate you through every legal process and get you out of any planning-related issues.

What is the role of a planning consultant?

The role of a Planning Consultant will get you out of any situation that you are stuck in at the beginning or during your building project. If your project leads to multiple intricacies to get planning permission and you have to interpret Planning Policy and Local Development Plans, a Planning Consultant on your side will only make this whole Planning Process smoother than ever and you will be reassured with the results as well.

How do I choose a planning consultant?

Choosing the best planning consultant for your project is very easy when you follow our steps.

What do town planning consultants do?

Planning Consultants help, supervise, and advise you with every planning related issues that you might face at any stage of your construction project. They will help you acquire the planning permission and/or in case of application rejection, they will help you to appeal for the permission.