Do you need planning permission for a driveway?

Specific rules are in place with regards to putting in a new driveway – many people aren’t sure whether or not they need planning permission to have a new driveway installed. It really comes down to drainage – this will help you figure out if you will need planning permission or not.

The type of material you use for your new driveway will be the deciding factor on whether or not you need permission. If the type of driveway you are planning to install is permeable or porous then you will not require planning permission. Surfacing which allows water to easily drain such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt does not require any special permission.

If you are wanting a hardstanding surface that does not allow easy water drainage then you will need to check with your local council and apply for planning permission.

These rules only apply for your front garden, installing a driveway that is not your front garden and dropped kerb may well require permission so it is always advised to check with them first.