Patio and driveway

Planning Permission

New regulations came into force on 30 September 2013 which changed the building work which can be done without needing to apply for planning permission. The Welsh Government has produced a technical guide, and a householder guide, available here, to help you understand how permitted development rules might apply to your circumstances.

If you are intending to lay or replace a hard surface to the front of your house you must use permeable or porous materials; alternatively surface water run-off from an impermeable hard surface, such as concrete, must be directed to a permeable or porous surface to the front of your home.

You can replace or repair a small area, up to 5 square metres, of existing hard-surfacing without using permeable or porous materials - for example to repair pot holes in a driveway, or replace paving slabs in an existing patio.

Significant works of embanking or terracing to support a hard surface might need a planning application.

If you live in a listed building, you will need to apply for planning permission to lay a hard surface.

Please note: the permitted development allowances described here apply to houses not flats, maisonettes or other buildings. View guidance on flats and maisonettes here.

Disclaimer - Wales

This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. This guidance relates to the planning regime for Wales. Policy in England may differ. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.

Read the full disclaimer here.