Restrictions on permitted development (Article 4 Directions)

Find out if you live in a part of Bristol that doesn't have permitted development rights.

Some areas of Bristol are covered by Article 4 Directions. If your property is in one of these areas, you’ll need planning permission for works that would normally be covered by permitted development rights.

Article 4 directions in Bristol

Cotham and Redland Conservation Area (pdf, 407k) (opens new window) : Boundary walls and hard standings

The Article 4 Direction came into force on 4 November 2012. You need permission to demolish a front garden wall, fence, gate or any other means of enclosure, and to form hard standings.

Clifton West (pdf, 780k) (opens new window) : Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

A permitted development right within this area has been removed from 21 October 2012. You need a planning application for a change of use between a dwelling house (Use Class C3) and a small House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4).

Redland (pdf, 725k) (opens new window) : Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

A permitted development right within this area has been removed from 21 October 2012. You need a planning application for a change of use between a dwelling house (Use Class C3) and a small House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4).

Lawrence Hill, Ashley, Cabot, Cotham, and Clifton East (pdf, 832k) (opens new window) : Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

A permitted development right within these areas has been removed from 11 December 2011. You need a planning application for a change of use between a dwelling house (Use Class C3) and a small House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4).

Grove Wood, Blackberry Hill (pdf, 879k) (opens new window) : Gates, walls, fences and means of enclosure and structures

The Article 4 Direction came into force on the 9 November 2009. You need planning permission for alterations, constructions and extensions to walls, gates, fences and means of enclosure and the siting of buildings and other moveable structures on the land.

Land at Sherrin Way (pdf, 452k) (opens new window) : Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse and boundary treatments (walls/gates/fences)

The Article 4 Direction came into force on 26 July 1982. You need planning permission to make alterations and extensions to a dwellinghouse, and for the erection of boundary treatments (walls, gates, fences). 

Clifton Village (pdf, 817k) (opens new window) : External alterations

The Article 4 Direction came into force in July 1974. You need planning permission for works of alteration that affect the external appearance of the properties in Royal York Crescent, Cornwallis Crescent, Caledonia Place and West Mall. 

Henbury (pdf, 151k) (opens new window) : Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse and boundary treatments (walls/gates/fences)

The Article 4 Direction came into force in 1971. You need planning permission to make alterations and extensions to a dwellinghouse, and for the erection of boundary treatments (walls, gates, fences). 

Contact information

Development Management

City Hall

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

You'll need to make an appointment to visit us in person. Call us to book an appointment.

Appointments are at:
City Hall
College Green
Bristol
BS1 5TR

Email: development.management@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 3000