Lighting Planning Permission
Lighting Planning Permission

TerraQuest News

- Aug 2022

Planning permission for lighting in your home: Everything you need to know.

Are you looking to brighten up your home and add some lighting. Lighting is one of the most inexpensive ways to beautify and add more value to any home. In this guide, we will explain the planning rules associated with lighting around your home.

Lighting Planning Permission

Planning Permission for lighting - The rules

Minor domestic light fittings are not subject to planning controls.

If you are planning to install external lighting for security or other purposes, you should ensure that the intensity and direction of light does not disturb others. Many people suffer extreme disturbance due to excessive or poorly-designed lighting.

The beams must not point directly at windows of other houses. Security lights fitted with passive infra-red detectors (PIRs) and/or timing devices should be adjusted so that they minimise nuisance to neighbours and are set so that they are not triggered by traffic or pedestrians passing outside your property.

A neighbour might take you to court if you are negligent or cause nuisance.

If your property is a listed building you should always consult the Local Planning Authority.

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Responsible for digitising the planning application process in 2002, today the Planning Portal delivers end to end online planning and building control application services for England and Wales, processing over 90% of all planning applications. 

Our interactive experience explains the permitted planning rules and building regulations for over 50 common projects around the home that apply to detached, semi-detached, terrace, flats and shops.

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