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Here at Stewart Management and Planning Solutions we are often asked if small demolitions can be carried out without permission. As always with the UK planning system, the answer is not a straight-forward yes or no. There are different conditions we must consider, such as: the area you are in, the building type and the size of the intended demolition.

Your Area

The first indication as to whether you will need planning permission, is the area you are in. For example, if you’re building or home is in a conservation area, you will most likely require planning permission. We are happy to help you with this, please call our team for a free initial consultation.  However, if no such restrictions are in place, please read on.

The Building Type

Equally as important as the area you are in, is the type of building you are working on. If you are looking to carry out any changes to a listed building it is vital that you get the right advice. Making mistakes with listed buildings can be very costly, we offer a free initial consultation, call us today! If your building is not a listed building, then your small demolition may still fall under permitted development.

The Size

Another thing to consider is the size of the area you are looking to demolish. For example, if you’re planning to demolish the porch on your house, you have automatic permission for certain work. For example, if the porch is under 50 cubic metres, removing this would fall under such automatic permissions. This is called permitted development.  However, you may still need to apply to the Council for prior approval of the method of demolition and the proposed restoration of the site.

Still Not Sure?

We don’t blame you! The system is outdated and complicated which makes it hard to know what to do. That’s why here at Stewart Management and Planning Solutions we offer our customers a free initial consultation. This is where we discuss your plans and advise whether further guidance is needed.  It costs nothing to find out if we can help and one phone call could save you time and money in the future.



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