New Permitted Development Rights 2024: Your Ultimate Guide.

Guide to the New Permitted Development Rights in 2024

by | Jun 21, 2024 | Regulations | 0 comments

You require house renovation, but you’re uncertain about the permit requirement to start your project. Well, you may accomplish your work without the local council approval under new permitted development rights (PDRs) in certain situations. In Feb 2024 and May 2024, some changes are added to the list of PDRs for homeowners regarding their property development so that they can complete their projects more easily. In today’s guide, mainly we’re gonna elaborate extended permitted development rights. 

Who are we? We are Powerpillar providing standard construction and renovation services to our residential clients for a long duration in the UK. Let’s first discuss:

Permitted Development Commercial to Residential

According to permitted development rights, some commercial properties can be converted into residential spaces without full planning permits. This permitted development simplifies the construction process and promotes urban regeneration.    

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New Permitted Development Rights 2024

According to 13th Feb 2024 amendment, agricultural buildings such as barns and other similar structures can be converted into homes and business centres without any planning permits. Yes, homeowners and business managers can easily convert these structures at a reduced cost with a fast project timeline as they don’t have to go through the planning permit acquisition process for these conversions.

Then, in accordance with 21st May 2024 amendment, several changes were added under new permitted development rights. These changes make the conversion of agricultural buildings into residential or commercial spaces easier. For instance, the maximum size allowed for conversions is doubled, and the farms over 5 hectares can build bigger agricultural buildings (up to 1500 square metres). The aim of this extended permitted development is to support rural development and provide homeowners with more flexibility for their agricultural properties. Great, isn’t it!       

Let’s move on to discuss: 

How to Apply for Permitted Development

Due to extended permitted development, you’re free to accomplish certain construction projects without a full planning application. However, there are some cases in which you have to apply for a prior approval letter to avoid work delay or enforcement action. Below is a simple relevant guide:  

Verification of your case with LPA

You should contact your local planning authority (LPA) or employ their online resources to confirm whether your project qualifies for PDRs or not. Also, keep in mind PDRs are not usually applicable for listed buildings, conservation areas, or exceeded size limits. 

Need of the prior approval

Some PDR projects require the prior approval from your LPA because of factors like impact on neighbours or design. You should consult your LPA for the specific requirements of your case.

Submitting of your application

While a full planning application isn’t needed, you may need to submit a prior approval notification or lawful development certificate based on your project. The website of your LPA should have downloadable forms and all the relevant details to submit your completed application.

Well, there are some common mistakes that you should avoid regarding the application for PDRs. For instance:

  • When you assume your project qualifies for PDRs, you commit a mistake. You should be sure about this by consulting your LPA. And if you ignore the prior approval requirement (e.g., approval requirements for specific buildings), this may lead to an enforcement action. 
  • You should also make sure that your project adheres to PDR size limitations and other restrictions. If you don’t do this, you commit a blunder.
  • If you don’t submit all required documents for PDRs application, this may causes its rejection.  

Plus, to know important info regarding your LPA for permitted development rights, visit the following resource:

Your Local Council at GOV.UK

You may find your application form on the website of your local council. You are encouraged by to apply electronically for PDRs.  

Now let’s talk about:

How to Avoid Mistakes while Applying for Extended Permitted Development

There are some measures that can be taken to avoid the common mistakes done during the application process for PDRs. The measures are:

  1. Always verify whether your property lies in the conservation area or any similar zone or not where stricter rules apply.
  2. Ensure that you comprehend the size limits for buildings and other restrictions for attaining PDRs.
  3. Double check that you have added all the essential forms and drawings for your application.   

For example, a homeowner of Surrey effectively extended their kitchen under permitted development rights through following the guidelines and confirming their property was not present in an area with stricter construction approval rules. They also discussed the matter with a construction planning expert to make sure that their plan adhered to all size limits that resulted in a smooth approval process for them.

Feeling interested to know more! Keep on reading then.

Permitted Development Rules 2023

In 2023, homeowners were allowed enough flexibility regarding certain home improvements under PDRs. For example, the homeowners could easily add additional stories on detached homes and also could add large rear extensions on their residences without planning permits. 

Then, in 2024, new strict guidelines were introduced because of the negative environmental impacts and affected neighbourhood aesthetics that made more residential projects undergo some review for the permits. Plus, there were tightened regulations for converting commercial properties into residential units to address housing quality and community requirements in a better way.  

Let’s move on to elaborate: 

Class MA Permitted Development

Class MA, introduced under the UK permitted development rights, allows the conversion of commercial buildings into residential spaces without the requirement of full planning permits. Commercial to residential permitted development benefits the homeowners with reducing bureaucratic hurdles & associated costs and speeding up the project timelines. For them, it offers a practical solution with repurposing underutilised commercial spaces. In this way, the housing shortage is addressed successfully, and also the negative environmental impact is reduced compared to new construction with Class MA permitted development.

What’s next? Keep on reading to know that.

Class R Permitted Development

According to this solution, agricultural buildings can be converted into a range of commercial spaces like shops, restaurants, and other similar businesses without the requirement of a planning permit. The recent revisions of this development solution expanded the commercial scope to include more flexible business uses. Well, the purpose of Class R permitted development is to promote the rural economic system by making this easy to repurpose redundant agricultural buildings.   

If you’re a remote worker or intend to operate your business from home, you’ll be glad to be informed about:

Permitted Development Outbuildings Maximum Size

According to the latest PDRs, people can build large outbuildings like gyms, garden offices, or storage units without planning permits. These changes aim to fulfil the demand for multifunctional residential spaces because of trends like remote working and home-based businesses. The revisions of the PDRs list might include some increased size limits, more flexible space usage conditions, and simplified approval processes. These changes can enable homeowners expand their living and working spaces more easily and promote efficient land use while improving their property functionality.

Now, let’s move forward to discuss:

Loft Conversion Permitted Development

The aim of new PDRs list is to relax some restrictions for loft conversion so that the homeowners could easily increase their living space upwards without full planning permits. The potential changes to these PDRs list can include increased limits for the height and volume of loft extensions, reduced setbacks from property boundaries, and simplified approval processes. In this way, they may be able to employ their loft as their living space more easily, and the housing shortage issue would also be reduced for homeowners.       

Plus, homeowners can also have full width dormer permitted development under PDRs. The full-width dormer permitted development permits homeowners to add a dormer window whose width is of the size of their roof, and the window creates more headroom and usable space in the loft without the need of a planning permit. This development is an instance of the expansion of living areas under UK’s permitted development rights. 

You know about Class MA and Class R permitted development. Now it’s time to discuss:

Class A Permitted Development

According to Class A permitted development, homeowners can extend their properties without full planning permits. This covers single-storey rear extensions, porches, and other small-scale additions. Therefore, these rights allow homeowners add extra living space easily and cost-effectively if they follow certain conditions such as size limits, height restrictions, and proximity to property boundaries.

Let’s move forward to discuss:

AONB Permitted Development

Permitted development rights for AONB (areas of outstanding natural beauty) are more restricted than PDRs of other areas to preserve the natural landscape. Still, homeowners can make certain improvements like small extensions and alterations. But these developments have to comply with stricter guidelines so that the negative visual and environmental impacts of the changes could remain at the minimum level. But for a project that can potentially affect the visual appeal of the area or larger project, a full planning permit is mostly needed.

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Technical Guidance Permitted Development

Some technical guidance regarding the permitted development in the UK offers detailed information to assist homeowners and developers understand the rules and regulations to alter the properties without full planning permits. This guidance covers various forms of permitted developments like home extensions and loft conversions, and it also outlines the particular conditions and limits for each development. Yes, the technical guidance ensures that all construction projects may comply with the national and local planning policies.     


That’s all what we have to share with you regarding the guide to new permitted development rights in 2024. We hope you liked our content. If you really like what we shared with you today, please share this guide with your connections so that they may know all the essential details for new permitted development rights and contact a reliable company for their construction project as well. 

Emmanuel Nwaebo

Emmanuel Nwaebo is the Managing Director at Powerpillar Ltd and has more than 25 years experience in building construction and renovations. He has a bachelor’s in Electronics and Electrical Engineering with certification in Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). With an experience in managing construction and renovation services for years, he is extremely passionate about property management and loves helping people find their dream property.

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