Do I Need Planning Permission?

Do I Need Planning Permission?

The Planning Portal can be used to find out if you need planning permission.  You can explore the interactive house and mini guides on the Planning Portal for guidance on many common householder projects in England. 

Alternatively there are three ways which you can determine if planning permission is needed, through the council:

  1. You can use the self assessment forms below, which are based on the information you have about the proposal (no fee);
  2. You can ask one of our planning officers to look at the proposal and get back to you with a decision in 15 working days for £30 (usually acceptable for conveyancing when you come to sell a property);
  3. Or you can submit a certificate of lawfulness (£86 for proposed works / £172 for retrospective) which allows you to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission. 

1. Self Assessment - I want to fill out a self assessment form (no fee)

The forms can be download below. Complete the form using the instructions provided.  We do not need a copy of the form.

2. I want the council to provide me with a written response, as to whether my proposal needs permission or not? (£30)

Complete the householder development enquiry form below, this can then either be emailed to planning@fylde.gov.uk or delivered to Fylde Council, Town Hall, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LW.  Payment can be made by calling 01253 658658 or via a cheque for (£30) made payable to Fylde Borough Council.

Householder Development Enquiry Form (£30 Charge)

3. Complete a certificate of lawfulness (£86 for proposed works / £172 for retrospective)

Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed use or development

Apply On-line (external link)

Print an Application Form (external link)

Guidance Notes (external link)

Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an Existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition

Apply On-line (external link)

Print an Application Form (external link)

Guidance Notes (external link)