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Exempted Development


Exempted development is development that does not require planning permission, the purpose of which is to facilitate developments of a minor nature. However the development must fall within the exemption thresholds. If the development exceeds the thresholds, the development requires planning permission. 

Categories of exempted development and thresholds are set out in planning law (Planning and Development Act 2000 updated to May 2017) and the Planning and Development Regulations (as amended)).


Exempted Development - Frequently asked Questions

This is a guide only and subject to change, it is always advisable to check the up to date version of the Act and Regulations.


Can a change of use be Exempted Development?

Can I build a chimney flue and a boiler house?

Can I build a garage/shed?

Can I build an extension? 

Can I build paths?

Can I build a front porch?

Can I carry out internal alterations?

Can I erect a sign for my business?

Can I erect walls?

Can I install a ground heat pump or an air source heat pump?

Can I install a solar panel?

Can I place a Mobile Home on my site?

Can I place a wind turbine beside my house?

Can I put up a television arial?


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