Not all development in Guernsey requires an application for
planning permission. Changes to your home and garden that may not
require planning permission are known as 'exemptions'. All
exemptions are subject to a number of general rules, which are:
The development must be within your domestic curtilage, which
is usually your garden area
There is a limit on the total area of exempt development which
can be permitted within the curtilage of a house. No more than 50%
of the curtilage, excluding the ground floor of the house as
originally constructed, may be covered
All of the conditions of the exemption must be satisfied for
the exemption to apply
Exemptions could cover development such as:
Re-roofing and roof lights
Windows and doors
Other domestic developments like solar panels, glasshouses and
Gates, fences, walls and earth banks
Trees and hedges
Hard surfaced areas and timber decking
Garages and other domestic outbuildings.
However exemptions do not apply to:
A flat or maisonette or a building containing one or more flats
or maisonettes, or
Any building which was originally constructed, adapted for use
or is used, as self-contained self-catering holiday
Remember planning exemptions do not apply to building
regulations, and a separate application for permission under
building regulations may be required.
Planning permission will be required in all cases for changes to
protected buildings unless the contrary is specifically stated in
Finally, bear in mind that there may be conditions of previous
permissions that affect exemptions, for example, planning
permission for your property may have been granted subject to a
condition removing exemption rights for walls, sheds etc. If you
suspect your property may be affected by such a condition, you
should check your own property records, speak with your property
advocate and/or request that the Environment Department checks its
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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