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Find out if you need planning permission

Christchurch and East Dorset

We have changed the permitted development service that we offer

We are not able to respond to informal permitted development enquires to establish if planning permission is required or if the property benefits from permitted development rights. You will now have to complete the formal process of submitting a Certificate of Lawfulness for Proposed Development.

Certificate of Lawful Development

If you wish to seek formal assurance that the work intended on the property does/does not require planning permission, then you are advised to submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development for a Proposed Use or Development.

The application will determine whether planning permission is required helping you to avoid a breach of planning control and problems later when attempting to sell the property. 

The Certificates are legally binding and a formal route of appeal exists if you disagree with the determination given. This application costs half the fee of an equivalent planning application.

Find out more about Certificates of Lawful Development and how to apply.

If you need permission

If you believe your proposal does not meet the permitted development criteria then you can submit you plans to us for an informal comment before you submit a planning application. Find out more about pre-application advice.

Alternatively you can find out how to apply for planning permission.


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