Windows and doors
Replacing or creating a new window or door may not require an application for planning permission if the work meets certain criteria.
Replacement window or door
An application for planning permission is not required to replace an existing door or window in a house (i.e. where no new opening is created).
- If a house is within a conservation area or was substantially constructed before 1900 the replacement must be of the same design, means of opening and made of the same material as the one it replaces.
Installation of a new door or window
An application for planning permission is not required for the installation of a new door or window in a house (i.e. where a new opening is created) provided that:
- The new door or window is not installed in any elevation of the dwelling-house that faces a highway
- Where the new door or window is installed in any elevation of the house that faces a boundary with a neighbouring house, the door or window is not within 5 metres of that boundary unless that elevation already has a door or window
- The new door or window is not installed above ground floor level
This exemption does not apply to a Protected Monument or Protected Building.
This work is not exempt under building regulations and an application for a licence under the building regulations will be required.
Download the full exemption information sheet (including diagrams) from the downloads section