Do I Need Planning Permission for a Barn Conversion?

Barn conversions are becoming more and more popular in recent years. They’re proving to be capable of incredible beauty and people across the whole country are starting to enjoy them as little havens of comfort, privacy, and the nature that they’re often situated in. This is just all the more reason, however, that more and more people are also trying their best to figure out exactly what goes into making one, and more so, if you need planning permission for a barn conversion of your own.

Whether you’re looking to convert a barn to use as more property, to live in solely, or even to rent out as a part of a revenue-based movement, the planning laws around barn conversions are all practically the same, and luckily, now is a better time than ever to build one.

The Barn Conversion Clause

The main reason for this sudden explosion in popularity for barn conversions is because their planning permission requirements have changed as of 2013, thanks to the MB Class in Part 3 of the Second Schedule of the General Permitted Development Order.

In more simplistic terms, that means that barn conversions now fall under permitted development, and no planning permission is required. With permitted development, aside from the advisable acquisition of a certificate of lawful development, the barn conversion is to be done practically at your own discretion. There are no planning applications, no objections from conservationists or neighbours, it’s entirely down to you.

What’s the Catch?

Although barn conversions can be done with the new barn conversion clause in the permitted development act, that doesn’t mean you have free reign with any barn you like. There are still a few things that need to be kept in mind if you want to keep everything above board:

  • Only operations reasonably necessary to convert the barn for residential use are authorised.
  • The Barn must have been used for solely agricultural use and have been built before 2013. Any newer barns than this must have been standing for 10+ years before they can be converted.
  • You’re only able to convert 450m2 of floor space at a maximum. This can be split into multiple dwellings, but this is the maximum convertible space.
  • The conversion must be practical in relation to its location and the impact o a change of usage.
  • If the site is subject to agricultural tenancy, any tenants have provided their consent to the conversion.

Useful Information

Don’t forget that barn conversions are still subject to the same rules as any other newly built dwelling. They have to meet the necessary building regulations requirements, with areas like waste, drainage, access, and SAP calculations all being considered.

Personal, Professional Online Services

Using Online Architectural Design Services for planning and building regulations across York, Harrogate, Sheriff Hutton and surrounding areas is becoming the way forward. Our design experts at CK Architectural York are ready to guide you through the process and discuss what possibilities your home can achieve.

While todays technical age is fast becoming popular, we still believe in the personal touch, you will have your own design expert at the end of an email or the telephone to discuss your project with you. Our professional and personal online approach will save you time and money.

A comprehensive free feasibility report on design, cost, planning, building control and construction. Just spend ten minutes answering 5 simple questions and send us some photos.

Save over £200 by avoiding property visits, you can provide all the necessary information by way of email, photos and videos straight from your phone with our easy step by step guide.

Free phone consult or virtual home assessment, we can follow up our report with a phone call form one of architectural designers and technical advisors to discuss in more detail.

Fast and responsive technical support through the entire project, our dedicated and highly experienced team are on hand to guide you through the whole process.

What is a property feasibility assessment? You will have an idea of what you want to build, how much you have to spend and where you want to build. We will give you the same great advice we would during an initial meeting in an easy to read report.

Once we have all the required information, we will provide a 4-page property assessment report. This will include the following:

  • Advice on design and different options.
  • What planning application will be required
  • Costs of associated applications for planning and building control
  • Potential pitfalls on gaining planning approval
  • Advice on Building Regulations
  • Detailed quotation
  • Process flow chart

Our detailed quotation will provide a breakdown of our fee’s as well as estimated costs for 3rd party fee’s such as application fee’s, structural engineer fee’s etc.

Along with your quotation we will provide you with a project flow chart so you can see exactly what happens when and how long the process generally lasts. This will tell you all the key stages of gaining approval from design decisions right through to approved building regulations and finding your builder.

Self Survey

Don’t worry about completing your self-survey we know how daunting this can sound but we will provide you with an easy step by step guide and one of our team is always available to discuss and advise if you get stuck. We will always make sure we have the right information from you to begin your concept designs.  Just a few quick measurements and a handful of photographs of the area along with a very brief description of your project. This will ensure we have enough information to get started and work with you to make your extension plans a reality. Download self-survey guide.

Design phase

When we begin on the design phase of your project we will provide you with the existing layout / elevations for your property this information will be provided by you from the self-survey pack, we will then work with you to produce your concept designs we can do this via email, telephone, Skype or even WhatsApp.  Choosing the best design options for you before submission to planning and building control.

As we are all aware COVID-19 is in the forefront of everyone’s thoughts at the moment, however we must remember that we are a resilient nation and must carry on.

We have seen a lot of business’s diverging and adapting with imaginative ways to continue to serve their customers. Here at CK Architectural the team have set up at home and have identified new ways for our clients to interact with us without the need for home or site visits, still providing the same exceptional service.   

With the customer in mind we have developed our new online design service to make the whole process as easy and stress free as possible. We can provide property assessment, designs along with useful advice on planning, building regulations and construction without any obligation. More info here.

Planning applications in York, Harrogate, Selby and across North Yorkshire are still being accepted. The City Of York Council have stated there is no duty planning officer available in the Contact Centre however from our investigations planning applications can still be submitted and Harrogate Borough Council have not advised of any changes.

Building Control applications are still being accepted by City of York and Harrogate councils for plan check. We do believe minor site’s to cease works but drawings for building regulations can still be done, submitted and checked ready for when life returns do normality.

We will be managing all the existing applications and seeing them through planning and building control as normal. Anyone wishing for some free initial advice should see our new online design service here.

We urge everyone to be safe and sensible, stay home and be strict with your social distancing.


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