The Federation of Master Builders


Whether you are planning to extend up, out or down, it is always best to check if you need permission.

The Planning Portal has extensive information about the planning system in England and Wales.
To check if you need planning permission and find information about building regulations, visit the Planning Portal's interactive guides and common projects pages.

Most planning applications are now submitted online. You can apply to every local authority in England and Wales through the Planning Portal. The benefits are simple:

  • Quick and user-friendly system
  • Step-by-step help and advice
  • Attach plans and drawings
  • Save time and money
  • Application sent to local authority immediately

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, information on the planning process can be found through The Scottish Government or The Northern Ireland Planning Service.

Your local Council's planning department is responsible for deciding whether a development should go ahead. If you build something that requires planning permission without first obtaining permission, you may be forced to put things right later at your own cost. You may even be required to remove an unauthorised building.


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