Homeowners with grand designs see planning changes
IF you want to make changes to your home beware — the rules are about to change.
From Monday, regulations governing whether planning permission is needed for works will be reformed.
The changes are being introduced by the Welsh Government and mean that some works may no longer require planning permission, while other works will now need planning permission instead.
The new rules, known as permitted development rights, set out the conditions and limitations that control extensions and alterations to houses, as well as other work in your property such as constructing outbuildings or putting hard surfaces in place.
The changes mean Swansea Council will no longer give informal advice, either written or verbal, on the need for planning permission for works of this kind.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "These changes to the rules could affect a lot of people in Swansea in future but they aren't retrospective, which means they'll only cover developments that either start on or after Monday, September 30.
"We'd urge householders wanting to carry out works at their property to ensure that the proposed work has all the necessary planning permissions that are needed. Works carried out without planning permission could result in enforcement action being taken."
The Welsh Government has included advice about the changes on their website. This information can be seen in English and Welsh.
People in Swansea who want to know if proposed works to their house or on their property need planning permission are now asked to submit an application for a certificate of lawful development to the council for consideration.