What appears to be a simple question isn't straightforward for the Council to answer. We need to follow a number of regulations, complete history checks and consider various planning rules, and these take time and resources to carry out. The Council has therefore put in place the following services to provide the information.
Duty Planner: Click here to find out about the Duty Planner Service. This service can provide verbal help and advice.
If you want some general advice about doing works to a Listed Building, in the first instance, please use our Listed Building Duty Service.
For peace of mind we highly recommend you apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC). This is not the same as planning permission but is proof that your household building work is lawful. If you should later want to sell your property an LDC can help to answer queries raised by potential buyers or their legal representatives. As such, it is important that all paperwork and records relating to your property are clear and up to date.
As part of this process, we will check:
You can apply to your local council for an LDC using the Planning Portal - How to Apply service. You will have to pay a fee.
The Planning Portal website (www.planningportal.co.uk) provides lots of useful information on how to find out if you will need Planning Permission or to find advice on the planning process can be found using the links below. However, if you property is in a Conservation Area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the guides they provide will not be able to assit you fully.
If you wish for an officer to give you advice on the likelihood of proposals being acceptable, then you will need to submit a pre-application enquiry form to us using the link below. There is a charge for this service.
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). The Planning Portal has further details on your responsibilities.
Planning permission and Building Regulations approval are two separate things. Please visit the Devon Building Control Partnership website for more information.
Our Duty Planner Service may also be able to provide some general advice.