Consultation on changes to planning permitted development rights to protect the environment and help address climate change

Consultation opened on 27 October 2022. Closing date 23 December 2022.


This consultation is seeking your views on proposals to revise permitted development rights for the installation of domestic microgeneration equipment such as heat pumps and provide new permitted development rights for reverse vending machines.


Consultation description

This consultation will be of interest to those wishing to install microgeneration equipment such as heat pumps and retailers intending to install reverse vending machines.  The intention is to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to install low carbon heat pumps and for retailers to install reverse vending machines to promote and facilitate higher levels of recycling. The proposed revisions will mean that subject to conditions and limitations, the need to submit a planning application for these developments will no longer be necessary.

The consultation is part of the Department’s continuing review of permitted development rights in light of its approach to better regulation. This is intended to provide a considered balance between lightening the regulatory burden on businesses and individuals (and reducing any associated costs) while protecting the environment, amenity and public safety

Give us your views

You are invited to send your views on this consultation document. Comments should reflect the structure of the document as far as possible with references to question numbers and paragraph numbers where relevant. Comments on the Equality Impact Assessment Screening document and Preliminary Regulatory Impact Assessment which are contained in the paper are also welcome. All responses should be made in writing and submitted to the Department either by post, e-mail or online. Details for which are provided below. 

The consultation document may be made available in alternative formats.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements at the postal or e-mail addresses noted below or by:

Telephone: 028 9054 0563

Textphone: 028 9054 0642

The closing date for the receipt of comments is 23 December 2022.

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