'Four year rule' set to be quietly scrapped in latest government planning changes

An inspector outside of a newly built bungalow
As part of the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill the UK Government is set to amend the four-year rule and extend it to 10 years (Image credit: Getty Images)

The 'four-year rule', which has helped many homeowners gain permission to keep their houses and projects, is set to be phased out later this year.

The rule allows projects built without planning permission to remain if they have stood without planning permission for at least 4 years and have not been subject to planning enforcement action since the project was completed, as long as it was not deliberately concealed.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.