Help with planning
See our Validation Checklist [524kb] to find out what information you will need to submit with your application.
You are likely to need planning permission for new buildings and for major changes to existing properties and the local environment. You also probably need permission to carry out minor work on listed buildings, in conservation areas or on trees protected by preservation orders.
Some work is covered by 'permitted development'. Check on the Planning Portal website to see if the work you want to carry out will need planning permission.
Even if your development seems to be permitted it is important to contact us to check that the building or land has full 'permitted development' rights.
Usually you do not need planning permission to change a house into a small house in multiple occupation (HMO), but in some areas of Reading you will need to apply for it. You can see the areas this applies to on the Article 4 map [1Mb] - Known HMO addresses in Article 4 area [1Mb].
We offer a pre-application service to give advice and help you make a sensible, realistic and successful planning application. Complete our pre-application enquiry form [119kb] if you think this would help you.
We aim to make a decision within 8 weeks for minor developments and 13 weeks for major developments.
Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule
Section 106 if required
If there is a need to provide affordable housing contributions or contributions towards Employment and Skills, there will be a need to agree and sign a Section 106 agreement. The guidance document that sets out the procedure and requirements for such an agreement and the specific draft documents are below.