Do I need Planning Permission?

The Planning Enquiries service is open between 10:00 - 15:30 on Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours you are still able to email the Planning Department on For information on specific planning applications please call or email the relevant Planning Officer.

Do I need Planning Permission?

You may need planning permission from us if you are going to undertake works or development to your property or site. The Planning Portal provides interactive guidance on when planning permission is required.

Not all works will require planning permission. Some development can be completed under rights given to you by the Government – this is called Permitted Development. For more information on this, please visit the Planning Portal or Government Legislation.

You will need to check if there are any planning constraints on your property, please use the map at the bottom of this page to check for any planning constraints on your property. Common constraints could include whether you are in a Conservation area or if there are protected trees.

The Milton Keynes Council planning enquiries service is unable to advise whether works would be considered permitted development. For this information, and legally binding information, you will need to submit a certificate of lawful development. For all applications, including the certificate of lawful use, you can apply online through the Planning Portal applications page

If you have determined that you require planning permission we would advise that you use our Pre-application advice for planning  to get the opinion and guidance of a planning officer on the likely outcome of your proposals. Full details of what you need to submit with an application are available on our Planning application forms, checklists and fees 

If you would like to learn more about the planning process visit, What is the Planning Process page.

The map below shows some of the most common planning constraints which might have a impact on your development. Please click on the map for further information.  


Last Updated: 5 February 2018