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Find out if you need planning permission

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.

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 for most types of works.

Permission for small domestic developments

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

Before you start

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

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Find out if you need planning permission

Some minor domestic alterations and extensions can be carried out without the need for planning permission. Such work is known as permitted development. Other work, particularly non-domestic development is likely to require permission.

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. These applications have the benefit of a formal right of appeal if you disagree with the outcome.  Apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.

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 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. These applications have the benefit of a formal right of appeal if you disagree with the outcome.  Apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.

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