How long does planning permission take? And why it might take longer than you think

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If you're embarking on a new project, the question 'how long does planning permission take?' might be prominent on your mind. 

This first major hurdle of successfully achieving planning permission might make or break dreams of self building or extending, so having a good idea of the process and how long it might take (or delay) a project is a useful jumping off point.  

Simon Rix
Simon Rix

This article has been reviewed by planning consultant Simon Rix. Simon worked as a planning officer and later an elected councillor for local government in the 1990s, beforing setting up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd. He is a regular contributor to Homebuilding & Renovating.

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James Garrett

James has over 20 years experience working in planning. Currently providing subject matter expertise to support Planning Portal’s transformational agenda and help them meet user needs whilst ensuring legislative compliance for their content and online services.The Planning Portal aims to make information concerning the planning process and services simpler and more accessible for applicants, agents and local authorities. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.