Changes make home improvement rules simpler

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Published Date: 

7 Feb 2012 - 09:09

Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed changes which will make it easier for people to make alterations to their homes without having to apply for planning permission.

The rules which came into force on Monday 6 February were introduced by the Scottish Government.  They are designed to make it easier for people to make alterations to their homes and reduce the number of planning applications received by councils.

Chair of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee Councillor Daniel Kelly said, “These new rules mean that smaller projects like sheds, rear extensions and garages are unlikely to need planning permission.  However, if you live in a conservation area or in a listed building you may still need to apply for permission.  If you are in any doubt you can always check with the council’s planning department who will be happy to help you.”

To find out more about the changes visit the council’s website at or contact your local area planning office on 01546 605518.