Do I need planning permission?

You will need to apply for full planning permission to install a canopy or awning to your shop front.

Canopies or awnings with signage (a letter or words for advertising purposes) are treated as advertisements and therefore advertisement consent maybe required rather than planning permission. Class 5 (pages 18-19) of the outdoor advertisements and signs: a guide for advertisers will help you understand whether you need to apply for advertisement consent.

If your property is a listed building (or part of a listed building), you will need to apply for listed building consent to install a canopy or awning.

Where can I find further information?

See paragraphs 7.18 - 7.24 of Camden Planning Guidance 1 – Design which sets out and explains the Council’s requirements for the design of awnings and canopies. 

Can I get confirmation that I do not require planning permission?

In situations where you may need to prove, or obtain peace of mind that an existing or proposed awning is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate.

Am I likely to get planning permission?

If you want to find out whether your proposal is likely to be acceptable, you can apply for pre-planning application advice.

How do I apply?

You can apply via the national planning portal. To find out what information is required with your application, please see making a planning application.

Still not sure whether you need planning permission?

If you need further advice about whether you need planning permission contact planning advice and information