Planning permission, also known as planning consent, for your Devon home may seem daunting. However, with a bit of know-how, you can easily plan new home improvements. We have regularly been asked about the limits for Devon homes and how they can affect your home plans.

Let’s look at the common situations we have found with planning permission so you can make an informed home improvement plan.

What are the planning permission limitations for Devon homes?

The principal areas for planning permission in Devon are listed buildings, conservation areas, and areas of natural beauty. Devon is a beautiful county with evidence of occupation from Stone Age times. One aspect of planning permission is to preserve the history of an area which is why these three main planning areas are a significant consideration for homeowners living in Devon.

There is 427 grade I listed buildings, 1,237 grade II listed buildings on record in Devon, and many conservation and natural beauty areas. Below we have listed the well-known places that require planning permission:

North Devon


South Devon


East Devon


West Devon


Combe Martin Ashprington Axminster Chagford
Lee Bay Aveton Gifford Beer Crockernwell
Woolacombe Batson Brampford Speke Drewsteignton
Croyde Berry Pomeroy Broadclyst Horrabridge
Saunton Bigbury Broadhembury LydfordMary
Northam Burrows Country Park Blackawton Budleigh Salterton TavyMeavy
Westward Ho!’s Pebble Ridge Chillington Chardstock Murchington
The Hartland Peninsula Cornworthy Colyford North Brentor
Braunton Burrows Dartmouth Colyton Princetown
Dittisham Combpyne Rousdon South Tawton
East Prawle Dunkeswell South Zeal
Ermington East Budleigh Conservation Area Throwleigh
Ford (Holbeton) Exmouth Walkhampton
Goveton Gittisham
Harberton Honiton
Harbertonford Kilmington
Holbeton Lympstone
Inner Hope Musbury
Ivybridge Otterton
Kingsbridge Ottery St Mary
Kingston Seaton
Kingston Littlehempston Sidbury
Malborough Sidford
Modbury Sidmouth
Mothecombe Bickwell Valley
Newton Ferrers Salcombe Regis
Noss Mayo Sowton
Ringmore Stockland
Salcombe Whimple
Sherford Woodbury
South Brent
South Milton
South Pool
Stoke Fleming
Stoke Gabriel
West Alvington
West Buckland

This may leave you wondering, are there any places left in Devon? But rest assured, with a trusted installer, like Homes Makeovers, we can guide you throughout the home improvement process and support you through the planning permission procedure.

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Can I get planning permission if I live in a conservation area or area of natural beauty?

Yes, a persuasive application to get planning permission to conduct external works to your home or convert a building or build a new structure is possible. Work with your installers. They will have done this before; an installer can’t do the planning permission for you, but they can help with their years’ worth of experience.

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Can I get planning permission for a listed property?

You can get planning permission for listed properties, but it is more complicated. For listed buildings, any works to alter, extend or demolish a building in a way that changes its character as a building of special interest will require listed building consent from the local planning authority.

Home improvements for Devon homeowners

If you’re looking for home improvements for your Devon home and think you will require planning permission, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team. We’re happy to advise you on the best home improvements for your project. You can book a consultation with us online, and we’ll offer you a free, no-obligation quote.

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