Do I need planning permission?

Whether you need to apply for planning permission depends on:

  • what you wish to do
  • the location of your property
  • the existence of any previous applications (which might limit what can be done without permission) 

Some types of minor building works do not require planning permission. This is called 'permitted development' and includes things like:

  • small extensions
  • the construction of certain types of outbuildings and
  • the installation of solar panels

Permitted development rights do not apply to all properties and are restricted in Conservation Areas and for Listed Buildings. For useful planning and building guidance for common projects and to find out whether your project needs planning permission, please visit: 

Article 4 Directions

Article 4 directions remove permitted development rights for certain types of new development.

In West Oxfordshire, such a drirection has been introduced to stop changes from offices to dwellings without first applying for planning permission. For further information please see:

Get advice about planning permission

Planning permission enquiry form

Please give as much information as possible when filling in the form

If your project is not included here or you are unsure about which form you need to complete, then please contact us or fill in the following form:

Please send your completed form to:

West Oxfordshire District Council
Planning and Sustainable Communities
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB

We aim to respond within 15 working days. It is advisable to wait for a written reply before starting work. Please note we can't provide a substantive answer over the phone.

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West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB