Guidance on planning permission for householders
Advice on whether you’ll need planning permission for your building works.
Planning law is complex and we can only give basic informal advice on our site.
How to find out if you need planning permission
You don’t need planning permission for some building works. This is called permitted development.
You can use the interactive house and guides on the Planning Portal website to see if you need planning permission.
You’ll need to meet building regulations even if you don’t need planning permission.
You don’t usually need planning permission for solar panels on houses. You can read about restrictions on solar panels at the Planning Portal website.
If you live in a listed building, you’ll need listed building consent.
If you live in a conservation area, you’ll need planning permission if the panels are fitted on the principal or side wall and are visible from the road.
Listed buildings and conservation areas
Some of Bristol's older houses have protection as listed buildings. A number of local areas are designated as conservation areas because of their special character and appearance.
To find out if your property is a listed building you can search The National Heritage List for England.
To find out if your property is in a conservation area, search for it on our Planning Online site. Choose the Constraints tab to see what restrictions apply.
If you are still unsure about planning permission
You can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate. We’ll decide whether the proposed works need planning permission and send you a formal notice.
- the Lawful Development Certificate application form (pdf, 794k) (opens new window)
- a fee of £86
- scaled drawings that clearly show the work you’re intending to do
If you need help, we have guidance on filling out the Lawful Development Certificate application form (pdf, 25k) (opens new window) . You can also contact us or seek independent professional advice before carrying out building work.
PO Box 3176
Bristol, BS3 9FS
Appointments are at:
Tel: 0117 922 3000