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.
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 (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/applications)Make an application
Find a tradesperson (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/planning/planning-applications/find-a-trade-professional)Find a tradesperson
Financing your project (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/quick-quote-finance-calculator)Financing your project
Project estimating service (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/estimating-service)Project estimating service
Planning consultancy calculator (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/planning-consultancy-calculator)Planning consultancy calculator
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 (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/what-to-do-next)What do to next
Your responsibilities (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/responsibilities)Your responsibilities
Building contracts (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/common-projects/financing-your-project/building-contracts)Building contracts
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 (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/improving-your-home)Improving your home
Project completion (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/project-completion)Project completion
Success and results (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/success-and-results)Success and results
Explore Planning Portal's advice before you get your project started: research over 50 different projects and access our homeowner guidance.
Common projects (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/common-projects)Common projects
Getting started (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/getting-started)Getting started
Project advice (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/home-improvement/project-advice)Project advice
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.
Visit our Interactive House (https://interactive.planningportal.co.uk/)Visit our Interactive House
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.
Browse the mini guides (https://interactive.planningportal.co.uk/mini-guide/conservatory/0)Browse the mini guides