The nightmare of receiving an Enforcement Notice against your dormer roof extension

The nightmare of Enforcement Notices against (permitted development) dormer roof extensions

Every month, we help homeowners who are facing enforcement action after building a dormer extension to the roof of their property.

Councils issue hundreds of Enforcement Notices ever year requiring householders to remove dormers that have been built without permission.

Dormers are generally permitted development under Class B, Part 1, Schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order (the GPDO), meaning you don’t need planning permission. However, there are limits to the size of dormers that can be built under permitted development. In addition, some modern houses have had their permitted development removed and flats do not have permitted development rights at all.

We recently won an appeal for a client in the London Borough of Newham who built a dormer on his flat, not realising that flats do not have permitted development rights. We have also had recent success against Tandridge District Council, London Borough of Harrow and Birmingham City Council.

If you have built a dormer believing it to be permitted development and the Council is considering enforcement action or has served an Enforcement Notice, email us your details for a free assessment of your case.