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Working from home and planning permission

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Working from home and planning permission

You can use our new tool to check if your project needs planning permission.

Planning permission is not usually needed where part of your home is used for business purposes. This is if its overall character does not change.

However, you may need to apply for full planning permission to work from home if:

  • your home is no longer used mainly as a private residence
  • your business leads to a marked rise in traffic or people calling
  • your business involves any activities considered unusual in a residential area
  • your business disturbs your neighbours at unreasonable hours or causes other nuisance such as noise or smells.

More information

The working from home section of the national planning portal has more guidance and information.

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

Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate to prove an existing or proposed use is lawful. 

Am I likely to get planning permission?

To find out whether your proposal is likely to be accepted, 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 needed with your application, 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.