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Planning permission

Do I need planning permission?

To find out if you need planning permission or for information on works you can do without planning permission, the Planning Portal website gives all the information needed for householders and businesses.

Confirmation from us

If you think you don't need planning permission, you can apply to the council for a lawful development certificate. This will give you written confirmation of whether your works require planning permission. For more information, see the Councils booklet 'Do I need Planning Permission'.

If you should wish to apply to the Council to check whether a proposed development doesn't need planning permission, you will need to submit a Lawful development certificate form, and refer to the notes and checklist.

If you think planning permission is needed, please view our 'Making a Planning Application page' for more information on how to do it.

Extra restrictions  - Article 4 directions

It is important to note that Swale Borough Council has made Article 4 and 4(2) directions in some of its conservation areas. These directions can restrict permitted development rights or your right to carry out certain works without planning permission.

Many houses within Faversham Conservation Area and in some other areas of the Borough are covered by an article 4(2) direction. See if your Faversham property is included within an Article 4 direction.

The Council have produced a leaflet entitled 'Alterations to your home in the Faversham Conservation Area' regarding the Article 4(2) direction in Faversham and how it might affect you and your property.

Other types of permission

There are a number of other types of permission that may be needed. These include; works on trees, conservation areas and listed buildings, demolitions and high hedges. You can find out more information on these below.

Do I need planning permission booklet?

View our leaflet to find out if you need planning permission for your development.


Advice about how to act where established trees are under threat and advise on Trees in the area.

Conservation areas

The Council currently has designated 50 conservation areas which are listed on this page.

Listed buildings

A listed building is a structure officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance.

High hedges

Guidance on how you can agree a solution about problem high hedges.

Building control

South Thames Gateway Building Control Partnership (STG Building Control) brings together the building control of Gravesham, Medway and Swale.
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