Do I need planning permission?

Changes to permitted development rules for some home extensions from 30 May 2013 - the Government has introduced new legislation to remove the need for planning permission for some rear home extensions and introduced a new process.

Follow the links to read our guidance note (PDF 50KB) and to download the home extension prior notification form (Word 127KB).

Completed forms and a site plan can be submitted by email to d.c.admin@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk.

Getting informal advice

You can contact your local planning officer for informal advice about whether planning permission is required, or the likelihood of obtaining planning permission.

Advice can also be obtained at our Woodbridge offices where there is a duty officer available every weekday, including basic lunchtime cover.

If you require an informal opinion as to whether a proposal is likely to be acceptable you may wish to forward a letter, sketch plans and photographs of the site and its context for consideration.

Guides to common projects

The Planning Portal has a great deal of information covering a wide range of common household projects. The guidance covers both planning permission and building regulations rules:

Interactive houseYou can explore the Planning Portal's Interactive House for guidance on permitted development and many common householder projects:

You can apply for planning permission online or make a paper application:

Householders can print out and send us a completed householder alterations form (PDF 30KB) to get an informal opinion as to whether or not planning permission is needed.

The guides below will also help you to find out if you need planning permission:

Important - if it appears that planning permission is not required you are advised to forward a rough, dimensioned, sketch of your proposal to your local planning officer so that a double check can be made. Permitted development rights may have been removed on a previous planning application, meaning planning permission may still be required.

You can apply for planning permission online or make a paper application:

Air conditioning units, biomass boilers and woodburners

Please contact your local planning officer to check to see if planning permission is required for the installation of air conditioning units, biomass boilers and woodburners. You should also contact the Council's Environmental Protection and Building Control teams to check that all regulations are complied with.

Listed buildings

Any works to a listed building that affect its character either externally or internally normally require listed building consent. This includes, for example, replacing windows with new windows. Drawings submitted with an application need to be accurate and detailed. Supplementary Planning Guidance 13 provides important information and advice to anyone who might own, or may be involved with proposals to repair, alter or extend a historic building.

You can apply for planning permission online or make a paper application:

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Supplementary Planning Guidance provides guidance to the Council's policies on issues such as household alterations and extensions, shopfronts, signs and advertisements, conservation areas, repairs, alterations and extensions to historic buildings and the use of redundant buildings in the countryside.

Lawful Development Certificate

If you wish to obtain a formal determination about whether your proposal would be lawful without needing any further planning permission you can make an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the proposed use or development. You are advised, however, to seek an informal opinion from the Council about whether permission is required prior to making such an application. You can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate online or make a paper application:

What you can expect from us

We aim to reply to written enquiries within 28 days. Some enquiries may be dealt with more quickly if they are straightforward although some may take a little longer if, for example, additional research, consultation or a site visit is required. Follow this link to find out about the service you can expect when we deal with planning applications and the standards we work to.

We would also welcome any comments about the way we provide our planning service and any suggestions on how we can further improve our service. You can email your comments to d.c.admin@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk or write to the Head of Planning Services at the address below:

Head of Planning Services,
Suffolk Coastal District Council,
Melton Hill,
Suffolk IP12 1AU.