A technical guidance document covering the permitted development regime for householders has been published by Communities and Local Government.
The 49-page document is intended to help understand the amendments made to permitted development legislation in October 2008. These set out the rules concerning what extensions, improvements and alterations a householder may make to their house and the area around it without the need for an application for planning permission.
The guidance replaces an earlier document – Changes to Householder Permitted Development 1 October 2008: Informal Views from Communities and Local Government – which was produced primarily for planning professionals.The guidance covers:
Class A - the enlargement, improvement or alterations to a house such as rear or side extensions as well as general alterations such as new windows and doors
Class B - additions or alterations to roofs which enlarge the house such as loft conversions involving dormer windows
Class C - other alterations to roofs such as re-roofing or the installation of roof lights
Class D - the erection of a porch outside an external door
Class E - the provision of buildings and other development on land surrounding the house (the ‘curtilage’)
Class F - the provision of hard surfaces on land surrounding the house such as driveways
Class G - the installation, alteration, or replacement of a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe
Class H - the installation, alteration, or replacement of microwave antenna such as satellite dishes.
The most popular household improvement building work projects are included in classes A to E, which the guidance document covers in depth with diagrams illustrating how the permitted development limits and conditions apply to a wide range of house shapes, proximities and variations of design.
Explanatory notes accompany the diagrams to help with interpretation.
12 August 2010