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Permitted development rights

You can make certain types of minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called ‘permitted development rights‘.

Please note that the permitted development rights (PD) which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. There are also different requirements if the property is a listed building and there are slightly more restricted PD rights within the National Park (in particular the recent changes to householder permitted development rights do not apply within the National Park).

How to find out if your development is classed as ‘Permitted Development’

Online: The national Planning Portal hosts a visual guide for householders but please check the small print as further restrictions apply within National Parks.

In person: A duty Planning Officer is available at our offices (Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG) between 9am and 12pm Monday to Friday for a short informal discussion


Telephone: 01590 646615 between 9am and 12pm

Write in: Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG

We endeavour to respond to written requests within 15 working days. An acknowledgement letter will be sent advising the name and contact details of the Planning Officer dealing with your enquiry, a response date and reference number. If you need to contact us, please quote the reference number.

Permitted development rights withdrawn

You should also note that the local planning authority may have removed some of your permitted development rights by issuing an Article 4 direction. This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one.

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most common in conservation areas.

Permitted development rights

National Park Chairman


'It can help to get guidance from our pre-application advice service before you apply.'

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