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Do I need planning permission?

You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:

  • build something new
  • make a major change to your building, for example a building an extension
  • change the use of your building

To help you find out whether you need planning permission you can use the "Do you need permission?" and "Interactive House" guidance and tools available on the Planning Portal's website.

Once you know you need planning permission we offer a pre-application advice service for planning and for listed building applications.

Pre-application advice service, information and fees

Please note: Development commenced after 6 April 2015 using permitted development rights may be liable to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge. 

Further information and guidance on CIL

Lawful Development Certificate

If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you can apply for a 'Lawful Development Certificate' (LDC).

It's not compulsory to have an LDC but there may be times when you need one to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful for planning control purposes.

Apply for an LDC:

Planning Portal online LDC application service

or make a paper based LDC application.

Neighbour consultation scheme

From the 6 April 2016 there were changes to Permitted Development Rights, including amendments to changes of use to dwelling houses. Find out more, regulations relating to the 2016 amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act.

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.

Notification for prior approval for a proposed large home extension form and guidance (PDF/235KB/3 pages)

Technical guidance on householder permitted development.

Choosing the right type of application

Find out what type of application form you need. Application type guide

Check your planning area

Large areas of South Lakeland District Council's area are covered by national parks, which have their own planning authorities.

If your development is in a national park then you will need to apply to the park's planning teams, not to us at SLDC:

Find out if your development is in a national park.

  1. When the map opens you will see the national parks marked, Green for the Lake District and Blue for the Yorkshire Dales.
  2. In the 'Current Address' field, at the top of the map, enter the address details of the property you want to look at.
  3. The map will zoom in on the property and mark it with a 'target' icon.
  4. Zoom out on the map using your mouse (or the scrolling tool in the top left hand corner of the map) to see where the property is in relation to the national parks.

Make a planning application with SLDC

Kendal Conservation Area

Dwellings within the Kendal conservation area are subject to tighter controls than elsewhere. These controls are called Article 4 Directions.

An Article 4 Direction covers most of the conservation area.

Map of Kendal showing areas covered by Article 4 Directive

This means most alterations at the front (including replacement window frames, doors, garden walls, railings, guttering etc) require planning permission.

Flats or maisonettes

To make external changes to a flat planning permission is usually required and a planning fee charged.