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Do you need planning permission?

You can carry out some works and alterations without planning permission.  To help you decide if you needed permission, we have provided links to visual guides below. You can also complete and return forms below along with details of work you would like to do so that we can let you know if you are likely to need planning permission.

Visual guides as to whether planning permission is needed


In limited instances, we may have removed your rights to carry out alterations or changes without first getting planning permission. If this has happened, it would normally be done through a planning condition attached to planning permission for your property. We can also serve an article 4 direction which removes your rights to carry out changes without permission. If you are unsure if this applies to your property, please email Even if you do not require planning permission, you may still need building regulations approval  External Hyperlink.

Informal advice on whether a planning application is needed

Please complete the appropriate form below and return to us.

Formal decision on whether a planning application is needed

You can get a formal decision on whether proposed or completed work needs planning permission by applying online for a certificate of lawful use or development, a fee is payable.

Further advice where planning permission is needed

Where you need planning permission, you can seek our advice on the acceptability of your proposals.


Whether planning permission is needed is set out within these statutory instruments:

For development of homes, requirements of the 2016 Order supersede the 2015 Order.

Contact us

If in doubt please email, send a fax to 01329 824505, telephone 01329 236100 or write to the Planning and Regulation Department, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, PO16 7AZ.

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