Planning and Building Control Explained
When it comes to planning your building or renovation project, the planning and building control systems can determine much of what you can and can’t do – that’s why it pays to stay informed.
The Planning Portal provides planning and building regulations information in an easy-to-understand format. In particular, you can access an interactive tool to find out if you need permission for your works.
Should you need to submit a planning application online, step-by-step help text guides you through the process.
The Planning Portal partners with every district-level local authority in England and Wales , making it easier for you to access local information:
- Search for planning applications submitted for your neighbourhood
- Appeal against a planning decision online
- Find out about the planning policies affecting your town
Visit www.planningportal.gov.uk to find out more.
By making more efficient use of energy and reducing waste, we can save energy, prevent climate change and save money on bills.
Access a guide to ‘greener homes’ that looks at the planning and building regulations regimes for the main domestic microgeneration technologies and for the different ways to make more efficient use of energy in the home.
This includes guidance on:
- solar electricity/thermal
- small scale wind turbines
- ground source heat pumps, and more
The guide also provides other energy saving tips for householders, such as glazing windows, loft insulation, cavity/solid wall insulation and floor insulation.
Visit the Planning Portal’s Greener Homes page for more advice.