Many homeowners want to refurbish, extend or convert their property instead of moving. And this is obvious because your home should provide such living environment which will be comfortable and appealing to all the family.

We have picked some basic ways to enhance your home but which do not require to obtain the planning permission and are qualified under Permitted Development Rights. Using this information, you will not only avoid problems associated with moving home but also add value to your property.


  1. Loft conversion – Converting your loft usually serves as a wonderful opportunity to create additional living space. This way of home improvement does not require planning permission if it does not extend or alter the roof and if it does not exceed specific limits and conditions.
  2. Single-storey extension – If you are planning side or rear single-storey extension than the planning permission is not required. If you plan to complete your extension by May 2019, then you can build a larger extension up to eight meters.
  3. Two-storey extension – Two-storey extensions are allowed under permitted development only if you build them at the rear of the house. No extension can be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  4. Move/add windows or doors – One of the most common ways to improve or change the dwellings is moving windows and doors or adding new ones. You can usually do repairs, maintenance, replacing or installing new doors and windows of the same appearance under the permitted development rights.
  5. Install rooflights – Roof windows is a modern and very popular way to renovate your home and fill it up with natural light. And the permitted development rules allow installing rooflights but again not higher than existing part of the roof.
  6. Convert a basement – It is possible to convert the existing basement into living space under permitted development rights if you do not change both the external and internal fabric of your home. There are restrictions for ground excavating under your home – you can dig a new basement under permitted development rights only if it is one-storey and if it does not go beyond three metres from the back wall of your property.
  7. Remodel the interior – You do not have to apply for planning permission if you are making internal alterations. You can move internal walls, adjust floor heights, move the bathroom or kitchen – anything which does not change the footprint of the house.
  8. Add a porch – Those functional and attractive additions do not require planning permissions. But it may depend on the size. Their ground area shouldn’t exceed 3 square metres.
  9. Add a conservatory – Conservatories are usually treated as house extensions in the planning permission. But here it is not mandatory to use matching materials.
  10. Convert a garage – If you need more living space but are reluctant to move to a new house, then why do not to convert the existing garage for your residential use. But make sure that the footprint remains the same and you do not enlarge the building in any way.