New legislation to make home extensions easier

Householders have been given more rights to build home extensions without the need for planning permission.

New legislation came into force on 6 February which allows for certain domestic extensions and alterations to take place without the need for planning permission.

House owners could previously build a rear extension up to a maximum of 30 square metres in size, carry out certain alterations to their roof or build a garage (all subject to certain criteria) without the need for planning permission. Flat owners did not have such permitted development rights and had to apply to their local authority council to, for example, change their windows.

The new legislation extends the permitted development rights from six classes to 12 and allows for greater flexibility for owners to alter their house without the need for planning permission.

One of the main benefits of the amended regulations is that owners of flats now have some permitted development rights.

The new regulations are also a lot stricter when it comes to properties within Conservation Areas with all permitted development rights being withdrawn.

For full details of the amended regulations, please see

Aberdeen property owners with queries about the changes should contact the city council’s Development Management team by calling 01224 523470 or emailing