Southampton City Council is unable to provide a Duty Planning Officer service until further notice.
We have reviewed the most frequently asked questions raised with Duty Planning Officers and provided links below to assist with your enquiry.
Planning at Southampton City Council
The Planning Portal
The Planning Portal: The Government's planning advice and applications portal.
Pre-application advice service
The Planning Portal: Guidance on Permitted Development for extensions and other common projects
Permitted development - Technical Guidance:The Government have also produced the booklet “Permitted Development for Householders - Technical Guidance” which includes diagrams to help understand the allowances under PD (see Class A, pages 10-34, for extensions).
Neighbour Consultation Scheme: If you are looking to build a rear home extension of between 3m and 6m in depth from the original rear wall of your house (or between 4m and 8m in depth for a detached dwelling), then it would be larger than allowed under PD, but you may be able to apply for it under the larger home extensions.
Certificate of lawful development: If you believe your development / change of use does not require planning permission, you can also apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development that would be a legal document to prove this. This process requires a higher fee, as it is checked and issued by our legal department. Application fees vary depending on your proposal. A decision would normally be issued within 8 weeks. You can apply online or download an application form from the planning portal.
Buy a planning map/ site location plan
For most applications, and pre-application advice, you will need to provide a Site Location Plan.