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Planning guidance for householders

If you are a householder who wishes to make alterations to your property, you may need to apply to the council for planning permission.

We can only advise on properties that are within the New Forest district. Before contacting us, you can confirm that your address falls within the district by using our online postcode lookup below.

If your property is within the New Forest National Park, you will need to apply to the Park Authority for planning permission.

If your property is within the New Forest district, you can apply for planning permission using the online form below.

Please note that If your proposal involves a new dwelling or is larger than 100sqm then the Community Infrastructure Levy will be liable.  

Building Regulations

Once you have obtained planning permission, or if your work is permitted development, you may need to obtain consent under Building Regulations. Find out more on our building control pages.


Pre-application planning advice

Find out about what you need to know before you make a planning application.

Permitted development rights for householders

Householders can make minor changes to their property without planning permission.

Development affecting European nature conservation areas

New dwellings in European nature conservation areas must be mitigated by a financial contribution.

Nutrient neutral development

Development in areas with nitrogen-rich water must provide a nutrient-neutral environment.

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