Categories: general_news
      Date: Oct  1, 2010
     Title: Changes to the Permitted Development Rights

On 1st October 2008 the revised Permitted Development Rights for Householders came into force and this new legislation represents a significant change to the previous system.

The main areas of change are:

Development within the curtilage of a dwelling house:

The new regime imposes additional controls over development to a principal elevation which fronts a highway and there are similar restrictions relating to side elevations.

The limitations relating to volume have been removed and have been replaced by tests relating to:

In addition:

The new regime allows alterations to the roof dwellings subject to limitations relating to:

These alterations are not permitted in Conservation Areas or in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Additional limitations are imposed relating to materials and windows that apply to other works to a dwelling. In addition there is a requirement relating to the location of any enlargement relative to the eaves of the original roof.

Other alterations to the roof of a dwelling are permitted providing:


The erection of a porch subject to limitation on area, height and location.

Other buildings ancillary to the enjoyment of the dwelling house and containers for oil or liquid petroleum gas are allowed subject to similar limitations that already exist relating to :

In Conservation Areas and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty such buildings are not permitted between the side wall of the dwelling and boundary and there are greater limitations on size and location of these buildings and containers.

New or replacement hard standings are allowed situated in front of the house or do not exceed 5sqm providing they are made of porous materials, or the water can drain to a porous area.

An interactive reference point is provided on the Planning Portal at and the Government envisage this will provide the initial reference point for householders.

In addition the Government has published a guide on porous surfaces which is available on the Communities web site: