Selling Without Planning Permission

If you have not obtained planning permission, you might face some additional issues when selling your home. However, none of these problems should prevent you from selling without planning permission.

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Your questions answered when selling property without planning permission

✅ Must I always get planning permission for any change to my property?

No. Whether or not you need planning permission is a case-by-case issue that will depend on the exact type of work that you intend to do at your house or flat. Not all extensions will require planning permission, but the government has established specific guidelines that will help you determine whether or not the change that you want to make requires you to seek permissions.

✅ What are the specifications for work that does and does not require planning permission?

Generally you don’t need to obtain planning permission for smaller extensions. We would suggest that you contact your local authority planning department to find out the exact current rules specific to your property.

✅ Should I try to get planning permission for work already done before selling my home?

Maybe. The correct answer will depend entirely on your personal circumstances, because it might take a lot of time and cost to obtain retroactive planning permission. If you are looking to sell your home as quickly as possible, this might not be an option. And there is a time limit on seeking such permission, as projects done before October 1985 cannot qualify.

✅ If I don't have time to get retroactive permission, can I still sell my property?

Yes. If you don’t have planning permission for work already done but you still need to sell your home fast, you can buy an indemnity insurance policy. This can cost anywhere from £100 to £500 or possibly more, but it is valuable because this will protect the person buying your home against any costs of any enforcement action taken over the lack of planning permission.

✅ What's the speediest way to sell my home if it doesn't have planning permission?

An option you could consider would be to use a cash home buyer such as LDN Properties that has extensive experience with buying properties that don’t have planning permissions. They should be able to complete the entire sale in just a few weeks, which is often a swifter timeline compared to trying to sell your home at an auction or via an estate agent. Using an auction house or estate agent may also be suited to your specific situation too, therefore be sure to do your homework.

✅ What are the fees I'll have to pay for selling a property without planning permission?

It’s possible that you might not have to pay any fees when you sell your home, regardless of whether it has planning permission or not for work you have had done. Although estate agents and auctioneers will charge you commission, if you sell your home to a quick cash home buyer then they will typically not charge you any fees, so you can keep all of the profit from selling.

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