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Do you need permission?

In this section you will find planning and building regulations guidance for building work projects.

You can:

  • Check important matters you should think about before starting work in the 'Your responsibilities' section1.
  • When you have read and considered the guidance around whether or not you need planning permission or building control approval you can find out 'What to do next'2.

Since May 2018, the Welsh Government has provided planning guidance to support their application service3. You can access this guidance by visiting their website4.

  1. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales/do-you-need-permission/your-responsibilities
  2. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales/do-you-need-permission/what-to-do-next
  3. https://1app.planningapplications.gov.wales/Form/StartPlanningApplication
  4. https://gov.wales/planning-permission

Your responsibilities

With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not).

Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). The general advice is to always discuss your proposals with the relevant Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service before starting work.

Planning Permission1

Building Regulations2

Before you start work3

Other permissions you may require4

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  1. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales/do-you-need-permission/your-responsibilities/planning-permission
  2. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales/do-you-need-permission/your-responsibilities/building-regulations
  3. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales/do-you-need-permission/your-responsibilities/other-considerations-before-you-start-work
  4. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales/do-you-need-permission/your-responsibilities/other-permissions-you-may-require
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What to do next

When you have tested your proposed project against the permitted development limits and conditions it is time to decide on your next step. Find out more information about your options.

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      Common projects

      Find links to the Welsh Government website for advice on many common building work projects for the home.

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