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An article 4 direction is a direction which enables the local planning authority to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area.



You can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”.

An article 4 direction is made by the local planning authority. It takes away permitted development rights within a specific area or site. Where an article 4 direction is in place, this means a planning application may be required for development that would otherwise have been permitted development.

Last reviewed: September 26, 2023 by William

Next review due: March 26, 2024

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