Do I need Planning Permission?

This information is for homeowners. We have separate advice if you are applying for planning permission for a business.

As a homeowner, you're responsible for your home and the land it is on. Works on your home or its land could be subject to Planning Permission.

The planning process can be a very a complex subject, and our home extension guidelines could help.

For information on how to extend your house please view our House Extension Guidelines document

The Planning Portal

The Planning Portal is an excellent source of information for anything to do with Planning Permission, and can also help with Building Regulations. With interactive guides and instructions about what permissions are most often needed, you can learn about:

Building Regulations approval

Building Control Inspections

As a result of ongoing improvements to the organisation of Solihull Council's Building Control Service the cut off point for bookings for site inspections is now 4.00pm on the previous working day.

Most building work on your home will require Building Regulations approval before going ahead too. Essentially ensuring a building is safe and fit for use, it 's important to learn:


Demolition of a building is generally not classed as ‘development’ and therefore planning permission is not usually needed. However, the demolition of certain buildings will need approval from the local planning authority beforehand.

Other permissions you may need

You may also require additional permission, such as listed building consent, planning permission for demolition in a conservation area or TPO consent. The Planning Portal can also help you check what you need to do about: