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Do I need and will I get planning permission?

Do I need planning permission?

If you are unsure whether your proposed development work would require planning permission, please refer to the following guidance.

Guidance available on the web

The National Planning Portal provides guidance on planning permission, including interactive house guides.

Download a Permitted Development Self Assessment checklist

To help you with the most commonly asked questions we have produced a series of Self Assessment checklists. These have been designed for you (or your builder) to assess for yourself if a planning application needs to be made. 

These checklists are for your benefit and do not need submitting to us.

Listed Building Consent is separate from planning permission and will be required for work that affects the character or fabric of a listed structure. For further information please see our Listed builings webpage

Building Control and Building Regulations: Please contact Building Control directly to confirm whether an application is required under the Building Regulations.

Before commencing any works you are advised to check your deeds to see if there are any covenants, private rights of way, or other legal restrictions which would preclude the work being carried out.

Will I get planning permission? Pre-application advice service

We strongly recommend you take advantage of our pre-application advice service which we provide here at East Northamptonshire Council. It is intended to speed up the planning process whilst providing information and advice as to whether or not an application is likely to be granted approval and highlight any potential reasons for refusal.

As well as general advice and comments on the proposal, particular issues with the development can be identified and taken into account. In this way, we can advise what information will need to be submitted with your application.

There is usually a charge for this service.

What information do I need to provide for the pre-application advice service?

As a minimum for pre-application discussions developers are encouraged to submit:

  • a site location plan
  • a description of the proposed works
  • sketch drawings of the proposal and layout
  • the correct fee

How much does the service cost?

Charging for pre-application advice will apply to the majority of proposals, however there are some exemptions. The fees in the charging schedule have been calculated based on an officer hourly rate.

Please be aware that our pre-application fees have changed following the start of the new financial year

  • Relevant fees for pre-application advice can be found on pages 14 and 175 - 177 of our Fees and Charges 2021/22 document

To use the pre-application advice service

  1. Please complete the online form
  2. Make the correct payment using our online payment service.

We aim to provide a response within 30 working days.

Disclaimer: Any advice given by officers at pre-application stage is not a formal planning decision by the Council as local planning authority. We will give you the best advice possible, based on the information submitted. The advice will be offered without prejudice to any formal consideration of a planning application following statutory consultation. We cannot guarantee that any application subsequently received will be made valid or approved. However, pre-application advice should assist in helping prospective applicants ensure that all the necessary information, including the correct fee is provided.


More information

  1. Do I need and will I get planning permission? (you are here)
  2. Self Assessment checklists