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Prior Notification Applications

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Prior Notifications

Prior notifications are not applications for planning permission but are confirmation of the intent to take up permitted development rights. Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order sets out various types of development that require prior approval.

These include agricultural or forestry developments, demolition, telecommunications developments and some changes of use.

Prior notifications are subject to National Requirements as follows:

  • Completed form or if not available, a written description of the proposed development which must include any building or other operations
  • A metric scaled plan indicating the site
  • Contact details for applicant/agent
  • A site-specific flood risk assessment in an area within Flood Zone 2 or Flood Zone 3; or in an area within Flood Zone 1 which has critical drainage problems (change of use prior approvals only)
  • Appropriate fee

Please note the GPDO requires certain documents and evidence for some types of prior approval.

Although prior notifications are not subject to Local Requirements there may be additional information required in order to fully consider the notification. This could include structural surveys, ecological surveys or contaminated land reports.

For Part 6 agricultural notifications, it is helpful to show the entire land holding on a plan and detail the agricultural activities that take place.


Further Guidance

General Permitted Development Order

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