how long does planning permission last

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Prior to 1968, there was no limit on the duration of building permits. Between 1968 and 2009, the duration of a permit was generally determined under the permit conditions, which was often limited to 5 years in which construction would begin, although it was sometimes possible to extend it by requesting a change in condition.

However, since 2009, unless otherwise indicated by the authorisation, development must begin within three years of granting the authorisation.

Property Development

Development is considered to have started ' ... as soon as possible of the implementation of a "material process" in relation to development, i.e.:

  • All construction work during the construction of a building.
  • All the work on the demolition of a building.
  • Digging a ditch that must contain the foundations or part of the foundations of a building.
  • Installation of underground pipes or pipes on the foundations or part of the foundations of a building or trench, as mentioned above (above).
  • All work on the construction or construction of a road or part of a road.
  • Any change in land use that represents material development.

The legal start of development work may initially entail satisfactory conditions for approval.

If the development has not started within three years, the authorisation shall be deemed to have expired and, if the applicant wishes to continue development, he must renew the application. Renewal is usually cheaper than re-application, but a fee must be paid. However, if the conditions under which the original approval was granted have changed, it may be necessary to reapply.

Once the development has begun, the permit will remain in place unless the municipality submits a notice of completion. If such notification, development must be completed within 12 months.

If a planning request has been submitted, requests for relevant booking questions must be submitted within three years. Approval then takes another 2 years.

The authority grants/rejects the planning permit by sending you a letter informing you of your decision. The building permit is granted with the land. This means that land or buildings can usually be sold or left for the planning permit. However, from time to time, planning conditions may limit the use or occupation of land or premises to a designated person or a one-party partner.

If you want to sell or leave a building or property subject to such conditional approval, you must ask the PLA to delete or change the condition. According to the law, any building permit granted expires after a certain period of time. As a general rule, you have three different years from the date the development is granted until your permit. If you haven't started working by then, you'll probably have to reapply.


If the authorization is conditional, such as having to submit details of a specific aspect of development for approval that has not been fully described in the application, it must be processed before development can begin.

If the contour permission has been granted, you must submit another application for approval of everything that is not covered by the contour application (so-called "reserved questions") before you start working. This must be done within three years of granting the boundary permit.

You may also need to obtain other permits, such as the listed building or the construction permit for the corresponding demolition in a protected area (both can be applied online) before you can start work. Both types of applications can be requested from the planning portal. Please note that multiple consents can also be obtained for the use of the online service, for example, full approval for planning and construction permits or planning permission for the relevant demolition in a protected area.

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