Do You Need Planning Permission for Damp Proofing Work?

It’s really important to make sure that your property’s damp proof. But when you do any damp proofing work, you need to make sure that it follows any relevant rules and regulations. This includes planning laws. In some cases you might need to get planning permission for your damp proofing work.

If you want to make sure that your damp proofing is up to scratch and legal, we’re here to help. Keep reading to find out more about planning permission and whether you need it for your damp proofing work.

What’s planning permission?

The UK has a set of planning laws to control urban and rural development. Local authorities enforce these laws. Under planning rules, some home improvement projects are permitted developments. This means that you can go ahead and do them without telling anyone or asking permission.

Projects that aren’t permitted developments require you to get planning permission before you do the work. This involves completing an application and submitting it to your local authority. They will review it and decide whether to give you permission.

Do I need planning permission to do damp proofing work?

Damp proofing work is usually a permitted development. However, if it’s part of a larger project, you might need planning permission. Projects that usually need planning permission include:

  • Creating a new basement
  • Changing the use of an existing basement
  • Altering the external appearance of a property

Plus, if you have a listed property or it’s on designated land like a conservation area, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or national park, you’ll probably need planning permission for any damp proofing work.

If you’re not sure whether to apply for planning permission or not, the best thing to do is get in touch with your local authority. They’ll be able to give you advice on how to follow the rules where you live. You can find your local authority’s contact details through your local council’s website.