The information on these pages and through the
interactive house guides gives an initial indication of
whether formal planning permission or Building Regulations approval
is needed. The advice given is an introductory guide and is
not a definitive source of legal information.
Planning Portal website also provides further guidance on
whether planning permission is required.
Given the complexity of regulations and guidance, it is strongly
recommended that those seeking to exercise their permitted
development rights (under the General Permitted Development Order
2015 (as amended), apply to the Council for a Certificate of
Lawfulness for a formal determination as to whether their proposal
It is also recommended that independent professional advice is
sought prior to making a submission for a Certificate of
Do you need Planning Permission or Building Control
Use the interactive guides to find guidance on the building
work or projects you have in mind. The interactive terraced house
is for guidance relating to flats, shops & basements as well as
many other common householder projects.
Interactive semi-detached guide
Terraced house interactive guide
What are the next steps?
When you have read and considered the guidance around whether or
not you need planning permission or building control approval you
have a few options of what to do next
For proof that your building work is lawful and doesn't require
planning permission, you should apply for a
Certificate of lawful development.
If you project does not qualify as permitted development you
will need to submit a planning
application and or make a building
If your project passes the permitted development tests you do
not need to apply for planning permission and you may decide to go
ahead with your project. However, before starting work we strongly
advise that you seek guidance from the local planning
authority and building control, and to seek professional advice
What else do I need?
If your proposal is permissible under permitted
development have a look at the council's Householder
Design Guide SPD (January 2012) (PDF 1.2Mb). This supplementary
planning document will act as ‘good practice’ guidance to help
achieve the Council’s aim to promote high quality design and
construction in Redbridge.
Please be aware that if your development is creating over 100
square metres of new floor area or new dwellings, it may be liable
for a charge under the Redbridge Community
You are also advised to check whether permitted development
rights apply to your property - they may have been removed by an
Article 4 Direction, or whether other
consents are required because you live in a conservation area or a listed building.
Check out the Redbridge
map if you're unsure as to whether you live in one of these
Using this page on a mobile device
Those users who are visiting this page using an IOS or Android
4.1+ device will unfortunately not be unable to use this flash
player interactive house. However, the same information is
available on the Planning
Portal's Common Projects webpage.
To understand why this interactive house does not work on IOS
and Android 4.1+ devices, please visit the
Planning Portal FAQ webpage .