General Permitted Development Order or GPDO
The General Permitted Development Order or GPDO for short, gives permission to carry out certain items such as extensions, rear dormers, erect fences, porches, outbuildings, satellite dishes, demolition etc. and much much more for residential, commercial properties and land across the country.
There are many items, both large and small, that can simply be built under permitted development subject to certain restrictions, building regs etc. in many cases, especially with houses, you can just go ahead. Or you might wish to opt for a certificate of lawfulness. Please get a fee proposal from us if you need assistance. We operate across England.
You might like to also check out the ever growing Common Projects section to see what is possible under permitted development.
The GPDO was first introduced in 1948 and there have been many updates since then. These can all be viewed via our GPDO Timeline page.
Your planning portal permitted development rights may be restricted due to either an Article 4 or a previous planning application. So it is worth checking. However unless the permitted development right requires an application (prior approval) there is no need to contact your local authority for permission. You might however wish to apply for a certificate of lawfulness if selling the property for example.
If you need guidance as to how you can maximise the permitted development on your property, consider booking a Zoom session with Ian Walmsley, the founder of Planning Geek.
Parts within the GPDO
There are four schedules and over 20 parts to the GPDO – use the accordion menu below to locate sections. Permitted development classes are within each part. There are 205 sections to the General Permitted Development Order – you can find every single section here on Planning Geek.
Some items within the permitted development (GPDO) require what is called ‘prior approval‘. This involves submitting a request to the local authority. They can only assess the application on items such as flood risk, noise, contamination depending upon the works to be carried out. This prior approval takes 28 or 56 days, depending upon the request. Note: permitted development rights do not apply to flats in many situations.
The last major revision to the GPDO was in 2015. This forms a baseline to the current version. Please do not rely upon this original version as there have been many changes. This website will always aim to be up to date with all the changes. Although if you wish to read the original version, you can find it here – however it will bear no resemblance to today’s version. You can view all the various revisions via opur GPDO timeline/ history section.
To date, over twenty revisions have taken place since 2015. Thankfully Planning Geek, will make all the changes on each page as they happen.
Page updated: 25th November 2023