Not all works require planning permission as some works can be undertaken under permitted development. Sunderland City Council can provide pre-planning advice to guide applicants through the planning process.

Pre-planning advice is not compulsory but can lead to a more efficient and effective application submission.

Our advice:

What happens next?

If you know that planning permission is needed:

If you know that planning permission is not needed:

  • You can apply for certification that a development is lawful (and does not require planning permission) through an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development or;
  • Make a start on your development
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