Permitted development rights for agriculture
Some development work for the purposes of agriculture can be done without planning permission. You need to submit and pay for a Determination of Prior Approval Notification (DPA) application instead.
You don't need planning permission (depending on certain criteria) for:
- The erection, extension, or alteration of an agricultural building on land over 0.4 hectares
- Making, altering or maintaining private ways on agricultural land
- Excavation or engineering operations on agricultural land
- horticulture, fruit growing, market gardens, nurseries and seed growing,
- the breeding and keeping of livestock and dairy farming
- grazing land, meadow land, osier land, and some woodlands.
You will need planning permission if:
- the agricultural land is less than 0.4 hectares
- the work or building is not for an agricultural purpose
- you're building or extending something to be more than 465 square meters, including any other development done in the last 2 years that is within 90 metres.
- you're building something more than12 metres high, or more than 3 metres high within 3km of an aerodrome
- the development will be within 25 metres of a trunk/classified road.
- it involves a building housing animals or for storing slurry or sewage sludge and is within 400 metres of someone's house which isn't part of a farm.
Applying for a DPA
Quicker and more straightforward than planning permission, a DPA still gives us a 28 day period to look at the siting and design of your building and raise any concerns. You will then be asked to re-apply for Prior Approval if there are any concerns.
Your DPA application must include:
- a written description of the proposed development
- a plan of the site
- the fee
You can begin work once:
- you have confirmation that prior approval isn't required
- after 28 days of your application being accepted if you've heard nothing to the contrary
- once prior approval has been given if it was needed.
You must carry out your work in accordance with the plans you submitted within 5 years of your application.