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Permitted Development Rights and Lawful Development Certificates

Permitted Development Rights (PD) enable an owner to carry out certain works to land and property without needing to apply for planning permission.

These rights exist only for single dwelling houses and not for flats or maisonettes. However, some new properties have had their PD rights removed by a condition on the planning permission. Some older properties have restrictions placed on them by an pdf icon Article 4 Direction [22kb]. This means that works, which would otherwise have been PD, now need planning permission.
Visit The Planning Portal  to learn more about the new rules that took effect in England from 1 October 2008 using their interactive guides which outlines common household projects and links to further information.

The need for planning permission in all cases is dependent on various factors, such as the size and location of the proposal.

Certificate of Lawful Development

A Certificate of Lawful Development is a formal way for the Council to determine whether planning permission is needed. It is a system which provides the possibility of obtaining a Statutory Document confirming that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful for planning control purposes on the date specified in the document. Once it is granted, the certificate remains valid for the use or development described in it and on the land it describes, provided there is no subsequent material change in the circumstances. It does not remove the need to comply properly with any other legal requirement such as consents required under Building Regulations. If in doubt, please contact Development Services at developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk or call our contact centre on 020 8770 5070.