Do I need planning permission?

Turn wasted outdoor space into a flexible living area with a side-return extension

Council rules changed in October 2008, so you no longer need planning permission for a ground floor side-extension as long as the extension is only single storey, no more than 4m high and no wider than half the width of the original house.

You’ll still have to comply with Building Regulations and possibly with the Party Wall Act if you’re creating a new boundary wall between you and your neighbour, so speak to your local council’s planning office for details.

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