Is Permission Required?

Advice on planning permission

Advice on planning permission is available on the Government's website 

Planning Portal: Do you need permission?

It provides a very useful interactive guide for householders requiring advice on the need for planning permission for a proposal.

Informal Advice Service on whether Planning Permission is required

You may apply to the Council for an informal opinion on whether planning permission is required although it is not possible to confirm definitively that a proposal does not need permission. As of 1st August 2016 there is, for certain types of development, a charge for this service.

Pre-Application Charges

 In some cases charges may be reduced.  These are as follows:

  • For commercial changes of use, The fee is consistent across all sizes.
  • For  Parish Councils and Registered Charities we've decided to charge only half the normal fee, where the proposal is for community benefit
  • We've clarified that no fee will be charged for proposals for the benefit of a registered disabled person
  • We've also clarified that where both planning and listed building advice is sought simultaneously, only the higher of the two fees is charged (and not both)

Icon for pdf Pre-application charging Schedule from 03.07.2017 [88.27KB] 

Application Form

If you would like advice on whether permission is needed, please complete the form below and return to us together with the relevant fee (where applicable) and a plan identifying the location and extent of the site. 

Upon receipt of the completed form, we will provide you with:

  • An acknowledgement of the request with the assigned case officer's details within seven days
  • A written response within 28 days

Icon for word Is Planning Permission Required Form [231.5KB]

If you would like to establish the likelihood of planning permission being granted for your proposals, you may complete a separate Pre-Application Advice form. Details are available here:

Pre Application Advice

Should you wish to seek advice both on the need for permission for your scheme and the likelihood of gaining planning consent, you need only apply for pre-application advice (i.e. not both separately).

Guide to Extending your Home e-book

 In partnership with LABC Publishing, West Somerset,Taunton Deane and Sedgemoor Councils Building Control, have created a Guide to extending your home e-book,

Guide to Extending your Home

Which contains useful information on what extension projects need consent and how to apply for it.