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Householder Permitted Development Rights

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Responses to technical questions about changes to Householder Permitted Development Rights that come into force on 30 September 2013.
Guidance to help you understand the permitted development rights for industry, businesses, educational institutions and hospitals.
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You can make some improvements, alterations and extensions to your home without needing planning permission. These are called Permitted Development Rights.

These rights are allowed under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO).

We have amended the GPDO to give you flexibility to make more changes to your home without needing to make a planning application.  

The guidance below will help you to interpret the amendments.  

You should note that the guidance is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, that is a matter for the courts. You should get advice from your Local Planning Authority if there is any doubt whether your proposal would be permitted development.