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Home improvement projects

Are you thinking of making improvements to your home? From smaller projects such as replacement windows or adding an outbuilding to embarking on an entirely self-built home; our advice and interactive guides can help to steer and support your project, from the planning stage through to completion.

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    Planning your project

    How to get your project started - use our tools to help create an estimate, calculate your planning consultancy fees, finance your project, find a local tradesperson and make an application for planning permission online. 

    Make an application Find a tradesperson Financing your project Project estimating service Planning consultancy calculator
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        Building your project

        Find out about your responsibilities and consider what you need to do before you start the build phase of your project. You can also learn about how a building contract can provide peace of mind and in what situation you may need a lawful development certificate. 

        What do to next Your responsibilities Building contracts
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            Completing your project

            Read our guidance about improving the interior and exterior of your home, how building regulations may apply to the changes you make and retrospective consents. 

            Improving your home Project completion Success and results

                Getting started

                Explore Planning Portal's advice before you get your project started: research over 50 different projects and access our homeowner guidance.


                Common projects Getting started Project advice

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                  Explore our interactive detached and terrace houses, shop or flat to find out information on many common householder projects, including garage and basement conversions, new outbuildings and extensions. 


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                      Mini guides

                      Our mini guides provide visual clarification of the permitted development rules for specific projects.
                      Access the individual mini guides via the bottom menu of the interactive house.

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                          The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. All content © 2022 Planning Portal.