Improving your home
At the end of your home improvement project, you are sure to be adding the finishing touches to the new area of your home. This may involve adding a kitchen to a new extension or replacing a bathroom suite, or perhaps sprucing up your garden by putting up a new fence.
In this section you can learn about smaller scale improvements in and around the home and where you may need to observe planning rules, such as tree preservation orders for pruning trees, or adhering to building regulations, for example when installing outside lighting.
Find out if planning rules and building control relates to the cosmetic decorating of your home.
Trees and hedges
Tree preservation orders may prevent you from pruning or felling a tree. Find out more here.
Facias and soffits
Find out if planning and building rules effect the replacement and maintenance of fascia and soffit boards.
Fences, gates and garden walls
Details if the planning requirements for erecting a wall, fence or gate on your property.
Kitchens and bathrooms
Read our guidance on how planning and building rules apply to drainage or electrical works that form part of a refit.
Decking and raised platforms
Guidance on the permitted development conditions for installing decking and raised platforms in your garden.