The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 requires that properties built after this time require permission from the local authority. Properties that have substantial changes made to them also require planning permission - a house converted into apartments in 1970 would need planning permission as would a house that adds a large extension.
It is important to note that some small extensions in certain areas do not require planning permission - check with the local authority for exact details in your area. If you want to find out if the property you are buying has got planning permission the files are freely available at walk in centres operated by the local council. Some also have on-line databases accessible over the internet.
Planning consent is also often referred to as Planning Permission.
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