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5 home renovations that don't always need planning permission

'Do I need planning permission?' is a common question many homeowners ask when it comes to home renovations such as sheds, porches, summer houses, conservatories and loft conversions.

As a rule, most minor house extensions don't need planning permission as long as you stick to guidelines and rules laid out by your Local Planning Authority (LPA). You can find more information on your LPA here. Always check with them first before starting your renovation. Remember: if your project needs planning permission and you do the work without getting it, you can be served an 'enforcement notice' ordering you to undo all the changes you have made.

For information on planning permission and the planning process, Planning Portal will provide you with a wealth of advice. But luckily, Compare The Market has come up with a handy tool which provides straightforward information on the most Googled extensions and whether they need planning permission.

Bare in mind that 'regardless of planning permission, most new structures or changes to an existing structure will be subject to Building Regulations,' Compare The Market's experts say. 'This involves submitting architectural drawings of the proposed project to the local authorities for approval and takes up to 8 weeks, for smaller projects you may be able to use a Building Notice which can take as little as 48 hours for approval.'

One minor change that probably will need planning permission is fencing.

'One of the top things people are looking to build themselves that they will need planning permission for is a fence next to their neighbours,' say Compare the Market. 'This is, however, only if it meets certain parameters, including if it’s over a metre high and next to a vehicle highway or two metres high elsewhere. You also need permission if it’s being built in the vicinity of a listed building, whether that’s yours or one on a nearby property.'

Here are five renovations that don't always need planning permission.