Certain types of development are granted planning permission by national legislation without the need to submit a planning application. This is known as 'Permitted Development'. In order to be eligible for these permitted development rights, each 'Class' specified in the legislation has associated limitations and conditions that proposals must comply with.
One such condition on certain classes of permitted development is the need to submit an application to the Local Planning Authority to determine if its 'Prior Approval' will be required. This allows the Local Planning Authority to consider the proposals, their likely impacts in regard to certain factors (e.g. transport and highways) and how these may be mitigated.
Work must not commence on the development until the Local Planning Authority has issued its determination, or the time period for it to do so has expired.
The Planning Portal's online application system provides for all of the current types of 'Prior Approval' application.
Find out more about the prior approval process for: