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Permitted development - North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland

Some small scale works may not need permission as they may benefit from permitted development rights. Examples could be small domestic extensions or minor works to non-domestic buildings.

Please note that we are unable to give permitted development advice over the phone or via our webchat. However you can use the Planning Portal to  get advice about common projects (opens in a new window) for most types of works.

Permission for small domestic developments

Further to the Planning Portal, we offer an informal process which can be made online. This process is only available for proposed works to domestic properties.

Before you start

You can use the Planning Portal to get advice about common projects (opens in a new window)

You will need:

  • information about your proposal such as dimensions and materials
  • any supporting documents you'd like to attach to help explain what you're going to do. We suggest:
    • plans (either drawn to scale or with the measurements clearly written on them)
    • elevations (either drawn to scale or with the measurements clearly written on them)
  • a credit or debit card to submit payment

Fees

North Dorset: £50
West Dorset: £43
Weymouth & Portland: £50.40

Apply

Apply to North Dorset

Apply to West Dorset

Apply to Weymouth & Portland

You should be aware that this informal process is offered as an officer's opinion and that any decision is not binding on the Council.

If you require a formal determination, you can make an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development (opens in a new window). These applications have the benefit of a formal right of appeal if you disagree with the outcome. Apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness (opens in a new window).

Other types of Permitted Development

Non domestic buildings / commercial properties may also benefit from Permitted Development rights. You can use the Planning Portal for some advice on common projects (opens in a new window) The examples provided are not exhaustive.

If you require a formal determination, you can make an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development (opens in a new window). These applications have the benefit of a formal right of appeal if you disagree with the outcome. Apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness (opens in a new window).

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