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Retrofit measures and planning permission - guidance for householders

Get advice on whether planning permission is required for common retrofit measures.

Quick wins

Quick wins can bring big energy savings with limited investment or fabric intervention and are often the same recommendations for both modern and historic buildings. In most cases these will not require our permission. Quick wins can include:

  • fitting insulated curtains
  • insulating pipes
  • chimney balloons
  • using energy-efficient appliances
  • switching to a 100% renewable energy tariff
  • loft insulation
  • draught-proofing
  • repair works

Visit our climate emergency pages for useful links and advice.


Last updated: 28 February 2022