Do I need planning permission?
Most new buildings, certain alterations and changes in the uses of buildings and land need planning permission.
However, some types of minor building work, such as a boundary wall below a certain height and small extensions do not need planning permission – this is known as permitted development.
Check if you need planning permission
Follow this link for information on the permitted development regulations that came into force on 30th May 2013.
Key features of the new regulations
- 3m to 6m rear extension on an attached house
- 4m to 8m rear extension on a detached house
- single storey not exceeding 4m in height
- all construction must be finished by 30 May 2019
You may need to be aware that some developments are affected by specific local requirements that are explained in our supplementary planning documents section.
Hard copy application forms can be requested by writing to [email protected] or at the address below. Please note that it may take up to 10 working days to fulfil your request.
New to planning or worried about potential costs?
Planning Aid England provides, free, independent and professional planning advice to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay professional fees.
Luton Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ