Is Permission Required?

You don't need planning permission for some types of building work and there are a number of options available, both formal and informal, that can help you find out.

COVID-19: Guidance relating to the Planning Process in the current situation

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 the Planning Service, with respect to Development Management, has adopted new procedures as from 8 April 2020.

Full details can be found here

Informal Advice

Advice on whether or not you require planning permission is available on the Planning Portal:

Planning Portal

Furthermore there is also a very useful interactive guide for householders:

Interactive Guide for Householders

Formal Advice

If you require formal confirmation on whether or not planning permission is required for your proposed development you are advised to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate.

You can apply electronically through the Planning Portal or by completing an application form.

Additional information on Lawful Development Certificates can be found on the Planning Portal and also on our website:

Certificate of Lawful Use or Development (Proposed) Application Checklist

Please note that the level of information required for an application for a Lawful Development Certificate will require the submission of evidence to demonstrate that the development is, on the balance of probabilities, lawful.

Planning and Renewables Guidance

The Council has produced a planning guide to installing renewable energy on domestic premises for the use of householders within the area: Icon for pdf Planning and Renewables Guidance Note [681.31KB]

Guide to Extending your Home e-book

In partnership with LABC Publishing, West Somerset, Taunton Deane and Sedgemoor Councils Building Control, have created a Guide to extending your home e-book, which contains useful information on what extension projects need Building Regulations and how to apply for it. 

Guide to extending your home e-book