Planning rules are complicated but there are tools we can recommend to help you work out if you do need to apply for it.  They do not, however, give you a definitive source of legal information.

Planning permission and Building Regulations approval are two separate things.

Do I need planning permission?

Some developments can be carried out without requiring planning permission; this is known as Permitted Development. The Planning Portal website provides advice and guidance on common projects.

Planning Portal common projects

If you are still unsure as to whether or not your development requires planning permission we offer a Permitted Development enquiry service. Please note this service will incur a fee.

Submit a Permitted Development enquiry

If you are unable to complete your enquiry form online please contact us by email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a hard copy form.

In some cases where planning permission is not required you may still need building regulations.

Please check with South Worcestershire Building Control by email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, you may find this information pack useful.

Dropped kerbs and crossovers

Planning will be required if the proposed access sits on a classified road. To find out click on the Worcestershire County Council (Classified and Unclassified roads) website and click on "Download now" open to find the road.

Even if planning permission is required or not, to create a new or extend a dropped kerb or pavement/verge crossing you will still need to contact Ringway Infrastructure Services for the works to be done. 

Please note: Irrespective of whether you require planning permission for a dropped kerb, consent will always be required from Ringway Infrastructure Services, Highways House, Warndon Depot, Pershore Lane, Warndon, Worcestershire.  WR4 0AA  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Tele:  01905 751651.   For a drop kerb or pavement/verge crossing, an application will need to be made to Ringway Infrastructure Services to construct the vehicle access..

Pre-application advice

If you know you require planning permission for your development we can provide you with advice before you submit a full planning application. Please note this service will incur a fee.

Submit a pre-application advice request

Further information and guidance on the pre-application advice service.

If you are unable to complete your pre-application advice form online please contact us by email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a hard copy form.