Planning permission for doors and windows

planning_portal_logoReplacing the doors and windows of your home can be a brilliant way to fall in love with it all over again. However, as with any form of building work, it’s possible you’ll need planning permission when replacing them.

So, with that in mind, read on for everything you need to know about planning permission requirements for windows and doors:

The general rules

Typically, planning permission for doors and windows is not necessary if:

• You are carrying out repairs
• You are doing maintenance work
• You are making minor improvements, such as repainting frames or re-varnishing
• Your windows are more than 1.7 metres above the floor level or non-opening, and are in an upper-floor side elevation

So when is planning permission necessary?

Typically, planning permission applies when you:

• Build anything new on your property
• Make major changes to your building, such as building an extension (a bay window, for example, counts as an extension)
• Change the primary use of your building

Are there any exceptions?

There are a number of situations in which planning permission isn’t required. (This is known as ‘permitted development rights’):

• Industrial premises and warehouses are often exempt, though there are some exceptions
• Outdoors signs and advertisements, though again, there are special rules in place
• Demolitions, once approval to demolish has been obtained by your local authority

How do I go about getting planning permission?

The best way to double check if your windows or doors require planning permission is to get in touch with your local planning authority (LPA) which you can do here.

If you do need it, then you can actually apply for planning permission online here.

Once you’ve applied, your LPA will make the decision whether to grant planning permission for your project, according to the development plan you’ve provided. The LPA will look at:

• The size, layout, siting and external appearance of the building
• Any landscaping needs
• How the development will affect the surrounding area

There are also other planning permission factors, but these are the main consideration for doors and windows.

Planning applications typically take around eight weeks to go through for simple decisions – which doors and windows generally are.

What if my application’s rejected?

This is very rare in the case of doors and windows. However, there are a couple of things you can do to appeal:

You can try to reach an agreement with your LPA, who may be able to make a concession if you meet certain terms.

You can also appeal against the decision in certain circumstances, such as if the LPA:

• Refuses the application
• Grants permission but with conditions you don’t agree with
• Refuses to change or remove a condition of planning permission that has been granted with conditions
• Refuses to approve something reserved under an ‘outline permission’ – planning permission for a general idea, not a specific plan
• Refuses to approve a project you were told to build by your LPA as part of a previous planning application
• Doesn’t make a decision within the deadline and doesn’t get your permission to change it
• Serves you with an enforcement notice because it thinks you’ve broken planning permission

Hopefully, this shouldn’t be the case in smaller applications such as those for windows and doors, but it’s wise to at least know your rights!

Give us a call

As ever, we will be very happy to help you with your project, and ensure that everything goes swimmingly. If you’re ever in any doubt please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01284 764045.