Planning permission for new builds

Planning permission: when do you need it and how can you obtain it? In this first article of a four part series, we look at self-builds and some of the issues to consider.

In this article we cover:

  • Whether to pick a site that already has planning permission
  • Applying for planning permission without owning the site
  • Site suitability assessments
  • What the planners have to say about building a house in the back garden
  • How to assess a site to determine if it might get planning permission for a new house
  • What goes into an application for full planning permission
  • What are the key stages in the planning application for a new build or extension that require planning
  • How to appeal a decision, how to appeal conditions in the decision
  • What the costs of applying for planning permission are
  • Pros and cons of applying for outline planning permission
  • Where to get advice
  • Can you submit any type of house design
  • Who can object and how this can affect your application
  • How the local authority makes their decision to grant or deny your application
  • Changing the design of the house after planning has been granted
  • Selling the house once built
  • Where to find impartial advice for your project


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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