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Planning Permission Exemptions 2016


Are you planning on extending your house? Maybe add an extension attaching to the back of your house for an extra bedroom? Or adding another floor? Or maybe turn your loft from a cramped, dusty storage room to a full functioning, state-of-the-art gym? Then chances are you’ll probably need to secure a planning permission.

Getting a planning permission can be a painfully irritating inconvenience. It is absolutely necessary for most house development or renovation project. Failure to obtain or comply with a planning permission is known as “planning breach”. This usually occurs when:

1. Developments requiring planning permission is carried out without a permission being granted for reasons of:

-Denied planning application
-Application was never applied for

2. A development granted with planning permission breaks the conditions and limitations stated in the planning permission

A planning breach is not illegal and oftentimes the council will permit a survey or review application where a planning permission was failed to be presented. But if the breach includes a previously rejected building development, then the council can issue an enforcement notice demanding that you undo all the changes you made.

But the good news is, not all building and renovation projects are subject to a planning permission. Some industrial extensions don’t need planning permissions but are subject to the following limits and conditions:

– New buildings within 10 meters of the curtilage boundary (the area immediately surrounding it) are to be no higher than 5 meters. In some cases, new buildings within the curtilage boundary should be no higher than the highest building inside the boundary.

– Developments must not exceed an existing industrial building or warehouse’s curtilage boundary

– Any extended, altered or new buildings must be of relevant use to the original building

– Any extended, altered or new buildings must use the materials of the same appearance to the original building

Some additions or extensions to your house are generally viewed as permitted developments. Such exemptions for house developments are applied if the following guidelines are followed:

– If the extension is not more than half of the land area around your original house

– If extensions does not reach a higher altitude than the highest part of your roof

– Extensions not consisting of balconies, verandas or any sort of raised platform

– If the materials used are of similar appearance to the existing house

– Seven meters rear boundary for two storey extensions

– A maximum height of four meters is allowed for single-storey extensions

– Single storey extensions must not exceed beyond the original house’s rear wall by 3 meters (if attached house) or 4 meters (if detached)

– Side extensions should be single storey with a four-meter maximum height and a width of no more than half of the original house

– A loft conversion can be done without obtaining a planning permission as long as you don’t alter or extend the roof space and does not exceed some specified limits and conditions


Most types of building developments, such as mansard lofts, are generally considered as permitted developments so as long as you stick to the specific guidelines, limitations and conditions planning permission is not required. But if you want to get the best results out of your developmental projects, you will definitely need the proper planning permissions.