Do I need planning permission?

CCTV Cameras

You will need to apply for full planning permission to install, change or replace a CCTV camera if:

  • it will be positioned on a listed building;
  • its dimensions will be greater than 75cm x 25cm x 25cm (including its housing);
  • it will be positioned less than 2.5m from the ground;
  • it will protrude more than 1m from the wall;
  • it will be in contact with the surface of the building at a point which is more than 1m from any other point of contact;
  • it will be less than 10m from another camera on the property;
  • more than four cameras will be attached to the same side of the property in total; or
  • more than 16 cameras will be attached to the whole property in total.

If the property is a listed building, you will also need to apply for listed building consent to install, change or replace a CCTV camera.

Security lights

Generally, you will not need to apply for planning permission to install, change or replace a security light as long as the light fitting is small and it does not materially alter the external appearance of the building on which it is installed.

If the property is a listed building, you will also need to apply for listed building consent to install, change or replace a security light.

Siting and design

Whether planning permission is required or not, we require CCTV cameras and security lights to be sited as unobtrusively as possible, so as to minimise their effect on the external appearance of the property and on the amenity of the area.  They should also be removed as soon as they are no longer needed.

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 a proposed CCTV camera or security light is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)

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 you can contact planning advice and information