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Do I need planning permission?

Making a prior approval application

The new prior approval procedure means a developer has to provide some basic information about a proposed extension and involves consultation with immediate neighbours.

Prior approval application form and guidance notes

How long will it take for a decision to be made? 

We will make a decision within 42 days.

How much does an application for prior approval cost? 

Requests are free of charge. 

What information do you need to send us? 

As part of the prior notification the developer must give us the following information:

  1. A written description of the proposed development including:
    • how far the extension would extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse;
    • the maximum height of the extension; and
    • height of the eaves of the extension.
  2. A plan indicating the site and showing the proposed extension.
  3. The addresses of any adjoining premises (those which share a boundary).
  4. The developer's address and e-mail.  

We will not accept applications if any of the above information is missing.

You do not have to apply using the application forms, but we think it is the best way to make sure that all the information is submitted.

Scaled plans 

Note: Scaled plans are not needed by law, but we suggest you send them in, including details about windows and loss of any trees, so neighbours know all the details. Accurate, scaled plans may also help to avoid objections from neighbours on the grounds of lack of information.

Where the correct information has not been supplied  the application will be refused. 



Tel: 024 7683 1109

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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