Do I need planning permission?
New planning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic
The most efficient way to submit new applications currently is electronically through the Planning Portal. Electronic applications are easier to review and validate while everyone is working from home.
For the time being we have limited access to our office, but this is subject to change at short notice. Any further limitations to access will make the submission of paper applications very difficult, if not impossible – so we ask where possible that everything is submitted electronically.
Site notices will generally be sent to applicants to put up (with instructions) and will not be put up by officers. Neighbour letters will continue as usual and applications will be advertised in ‘The Argus’ newspaper.
Changes of use to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) – new rules from 3 June 2020
You're likely to need planning permission for new buildings and for major changes to existing properties and the local environment.
In certain circumstances, developments are automatically permitted – this 'permitted development’ does not require consent.
Check the Permission Needed? section of the Planning Portal, and look up your project in their list of common projects.
Householders - sources of information
- The Planning Portal interactive house/terrace for householders
- Volume calculator for calculating the volume of a number of different kinds of buildings or extensions
- View Brighton & Hove's policies and guidance for householder proposals
- The Planning Portal's What to do next section
Please be aware that for formal confirmation that works are permitted development, you will need to apply for a certificate of lawful development (LDC).
Even if your development seems to be permitted by these rules, it's still important to check that the building or land has not had its permitted development rights removed or limited for some reason. In some cases, there will be special conditions attached to previous development that can restrict these rights.
Brighton & Hove also has Article 4 Directions which limit the scope of permitted development rights in these areas of the city.
Listed buildings and conservation areas
If your property is affected, you will need to apply for listed building consent in addition to your application for planning permission.
Certificate of lawful development
If you need to prove to anyone, such as a prospective buyer, that building work you’ve done is lawful, you can apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development (LDC).
Find what you need to do by using Brighton & Hove's LDC Checklist.
General policy guidance and advice
See our policy advice and guidance section of our website for more information.
Please contact our Arboricultural Service for any advice on work relating to trees, or if you see tree work taking place which you believe may not be authorised.
Even if your building project does not need planning permission, you will still need to comply with building regulations.
For more information, go to the Planning Portal's extensive building regulations pages.
We also have extensive information on our own building control pages.