Do I need planning permission?

Flats

You will need to apply for full planning permission to install, alter or replace a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe.

If your flat is a listed building (or part of a listed building) you will also need to apply for listed building consent to install, alter or replace a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe.

Houses

You will need to apply for householder planning permission to install, alter or replace a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe if:

  • it will be 1m higher than the highest part of the roof; or
  • it will be installed on a house located in a conservation area or covered by an Article 4 Direction and be positioned on a wall or roof slope which forms the principal or side elevation and faces the road.

If your house is a listed building you will need to apply for listed building consent to install, alter or replace a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe.

Where can I find more information?

The flue, chimney or soil and vent pipe section of the national planning portal has lots of guidance and useful information.

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 chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe 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