You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:
- build something new
- make a major change to your building, eg building an extension
- change the use of your building
How do I find out the planning history on a property?
Use our Planning Application search facility to view applications from 1996 to the present. Some applications from 1996 to 2005 may not show any associated documents, therefore please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to view, providing the full address and any application reference numbers.
Planning history prior to 1996 is not available online. You will need to email us as above, with the full postal address and any associated details such as application reference numbers. We will endeavour to upload any relevant planning files to our website within 2 weeks of the request.
If you are looking for Planning applications in the City of Bath between 1948 and 1996 an online catalogue is available here.
How do I check planning constraints?
To find out if your property is subject to planning constraints enter your postcode in the ‘Services in Your Area’ box at the top of this page and follow these simple instructions:
* Find your address
* Ensure you have selected the ‘Maps’ tab on the top left of the screen
* Select the Planning map on the left
* Expand the Planning Constraints categories below
The Legislation and Guidance
From the 6 April 2016 - Permitted Development Rights changes including amendments to changes of use to dwellinghouses, please go to the regulations for more information.
For a period of six years, between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2019, householders will be able to build larger single-storey rear extensions under permitted development. View the Prior Notification for Householder Permitted Development form and guidance.
From the 15 April 2015 - The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 came into force. Included more change of use between shops and financial and professional services, allowing the change of use to restaurants or leisure use, and the previously time-limited right for larger rear extensions to dwelling houses is to be extended until 30 May 2019.
The Planning Practice Guidance (external link) sets out when planning permission is required and different types of planning permission which may be granted. The DCLG have also produced a useful Guide on householder permitted development (PDF).
Houses in multiple occupation and planning permission (Council web page)
Householder Development Planning Questionnaire
Alternatively if you would like us to provide you with a written opinion you can complete a Householder Development Planning Questionnaire. If your enquiry is on the need for planning permission to alter or widen your vehicle access please refer to the Dropped Kerb guidance here. These are chargeable services.
Once you know you need planning permission we offer a pre-application advice service for planning and for listed building applications, for more information on this service and the fees associated with it please go to our Pre-Application web page.
PLEASE NOTE: Development commenced after 6 April 2015 using permitted development rights may be liable to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge. View further information and guidance on CIL.
Further Planning advice and guidance can be found listed on the right of this page.
New building work will often need to comply with the Building Regulations. These prescribe minimum standards for health and safety. The Planning Portal website also provides advice on Building Regulations (external link). If you would like further advice, please contact Building Control.
This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information.