Check if you need planning permission?

Planning permission may be required for a wide variety of development, whether it be new building works or changes in the use of land or buildings. However, there are many kinds of alterations and additions to buildings for which you do not need to apply for planning permission because they've been granted through 'permitted development rights'.

You can use this service to check if:

  • changes you want to make to a property in the future may require planning permission
  • your property has any planning restrictions (for example, if it's a listed building or in a conservation area)  

About the service 

The results are based on the answers you give and are for guidance only. It's not an official planning decision.  

Check online 

This service does not capture any of your personal data. 

This service does not automatically include information about a property's history, such as restricted planning conditions. 


Do you need formal confirmation that you do not need planning permission? 

You may want personal reassurance that planning permission is not required or proof of this which you may use if you sell your home at a later date. If so, you may formally apply to the Council for a Certificate of Lawful Development. 

The Check Now service is not an official planning decision that you can rely on in future. It is also not a formal decision as to whether planning permission would be granted. If you require a formal decision as to whether a use or development, proposed or existing is lawful you should submit and application of a Certificate of Lawful Development. This will require you to submit drawings of your proposal and pay a fee. 

Lawful Development Certificate - a users guide 

Apply online via Planning Portal

Print and email/post application form

You must also apply or give notice to your LPA if you want to work on a protected tree where you are carrying out development where full planning permission is not needed. Getting consent to work on a protected tree

Related documents 

C3 to C2 planning guidance note for Children's Homes
Download (161KB - PDF)
Permitted Development for householders - technical guidance
Download (487KB - PDF)

This technical guidance has been produced by the Government to help homeowners understand how they can exercise their rights to carry out development. 

Planning Portal:

Do you need planning permission?

Common projects

Interactive house

Planning history check 

Fee and application (planning history check). 

The fee for this service is £50.00 for 1 hour resource, if it is determined that the search will take more than an hour you will be notified that an additional charge of £50.00 for each additional hour, or part thereof will be required. 

You'll receive an email confirming recent planning history of a property. We will aim to respond to all requests within 5 working days. To apply for this service, contact A plan showing the application site must be provided. 

Larger home extension scheme (neighbourhood consultation scheme) 

The scheme relates to planning and is a method of prior approval, if you wish to build a large extension you must notify the local authority, who will then consult the adjoining neighbours to advise them of your planned development. 

If your neighbours raise any concerns or objections, the local authority will decide if their objections reveal any impact on the amenity of the neighbouring properties and whether your plans can go ahead. 

This scheme only applies to larger single-storey rear extensions. This means that extensions of over four and up to eight metres for detached houses and over three and up to six metres for all other houses, must go through this process. 

Building Regulations

Please remember that even if you do not require planning permission you may still require a separate approval under the Building Regulations. For further information please visit our Building Control website.

In some cases where you do not need to apply for planning permission you will still need to apply for approval to carry out works to protected trees; or some other form of statutory consent. It is the applicant's duty to ensure that all necessary consents are in place before carrying out a development

Work carried out on trees

Any pruning or felling of a Tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order will require consent. Any works to Trees in a Conservation Area require six weeks notice in writing. For the planning application forms please refer to the

For further information/advice relating to Trees and Hedgerows contact:

  • 01302 734419

Demolition of a building

Permission is not always needed to demolish a building. However, there are situations where permission is required, so you are advised to check with a Planning Officer before demolition is carried out.

Planning permission may also be required to re-build a demolished or partly demolished building and to demolish buildings and structures within a Conservation Area.  

Change of use

The use of a building or an area of land will fall into a category within the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). 

The current Use Classes were last updated on 1 September 2020. It covers such uses as Shops, Food and Drink, Financial and Professional Services, Business, General Industry, Storage and Distribution, Dwelling Houses, Residential Institutions, Hotels, Non-residential Institutions, HMO's, Assembly and Leisure. Some uses fall into 'Sui Generis' (a Latin term, in this context meaning 'a class of its own'), such as nightclubs, drinking establishments/wine bars, betting offices/shops, hot food takeaways, large HMO (more than 6 residents), bingo halls. Other uses become 'Sui Generis' where they fall outside the defined limits of any other use class. 

Changing the use from one category to another may require planning permission, however, any use class changes within the same use class category may not need further permission. It should be noted that there is also possibility conditions may be attached to previous permission restricting use. 

Even where a change of use does not require planning permission, where a change of use is accompanied by other building operations, particularly external works, then those works may require planning permission. 

To establish if planning permission is required or not for your proposed change of use and/or seek proof for business/financial purposes you can formally apply to the Council for a Certificate of Lawful Development. This may require you to submit drawings of your proposal and pay a fee. Alternatively, you could apply for a Planning History check to find out if any restrictive conditions are attached to the current permission (see above). 

To find out more about the specific uses within the Use Classes Order visit:

Outdoor advertisements

Express consent is required for the majority of outdoor advertisements, including shop signs and poster boards. For example, all illuminated adverts require consent. There are, however, certain exceptions. You should contact the Planning Department to find out if you will require consent for your proposed advert/s, currently this would be "over the phone" advice to give a helpful reply rather than any formal notification. 

The links below give more detailed advice on the limitations for advertisements and a handy guide produced by the Communities and Local Government:

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Privacy Notice 

The Council is committed to meeting its data protection obligations and handling your information securely. You should make sure you read and understand the Planning Services privacy notice, which sets out what you need to know about how Doncaster Council will use your information in the course of our work as a Local Planning Authority.

Last updated: 13 May 2024 09:41:04

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