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Do I need planning permission?

Prior approval application - consultation process

Notification to neighbours

When an application for prior approval is received with all the information needed, we will tell the owners or occupiers of any neighbouring premises about the proposed development, by letter. A copy of the notification is also sent to the developer. 

When you make an application for prior approval we will tell the neighbouring properties that you have identified within your application.

They are given 21 days to comment on the proposals and any objections have to be made  online, by e-mail or in writing.

The neighbour notification letter will include the following information from your application:

  • Dimensions of the proposed extension.
  • The address of the proposed development.
  • The closing date for any comments.
  • Details about how to comment on the proposals including our website link and e-mail address.
  • When no objection is received from any owner or occupier of a neighbouring premises; and once the 21 day consultation period has expired, we will tell you that prior approval is not needed.
  • If we fail to make a decision within 42 days from the date we received the information, the application expires and prior approval is given.

Where prior approval is not needed:

We will not have made a site visit or made any assessment of the need for planning permission under Schedule 2 Part 1 Class A of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development ) Order 2015 (as amended). If you require confirmation that your proposal does not require planning permission then you should make an application for a certificate of lawful development (proposed) .

Where prior approval is needed:

When any owner or occupier of a neighbouring premises objects to the proposed extension, you need our prior approval. We have to consider the effect of the proposed extension on all adjoining premises, not just the one that objects. 

  • A Council officer will visit the site to assess the proposals.
  • They will also check the available information to see if the proposal satisfies all parts of the legislation.
  • If the proposal would need a planning application or it is thought it would be unacceptable because of the effect on neighbouring properties, then prior approval will be refused.
  • The developer has to receive the Council's decision whether to give, or refuse prior approval within the set period.



Tel: 024 7683 1109

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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