This section provides advice and guidance from our planning service, including heritage and design. If you have a home improvement project in mind, we can provide guidance about whether or not you need planning permission. You can then take the next steps to move your project forward, such as applying for building control approval or using our planning pre-application advice service. For information on how we process planning applications, view our Planning Charter (PDF). Planning is an open process so you should also view our Planning Privacy Notice (PDF).