Do I need Planning Permission?
See if you need planning permission before you make improvements.
If you go ahead without permission, you may end up having to put things back to how they were.
As a general guide, you need planning permission for new buildings, major alterations to existing buildings and to change the use of buildings or land.
But you don’t usually need it for changes inside a building, for small alterations to the outside or to put up walls or fences below a certain height.
We no longer provide advice on general enquiries over the telephone. You can either:
- Find out the information yourself – Planning Portal (Government website): Do you need permission?
- Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed Use/Development – Birmingham City Council: Validation and Checklists
- Complete and submit the relevant Enquiry Form with the accompanying fee:
As of 30th November 2015 if you wish to know whether or not you require planning permission for a proposal, this will be subject to a fixed charge of £48. This charge applies to both domestic and commercial enquiries. Please refer to the Guidance and Charges rates document below for further information.
Planning history, including information on Planning Enforcement, Tree Preservation Orders, Conservations Areas and Listed Buildings, can be found here.
All other enquiries must be submitted to us in writing.
Last Updated : 27th November 2015