The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 (SI 2020/412)

Jurisdiction: England

Commencement: 9th April 2020

Amends: The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015

Mini Summary

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 grants planning permission for a range of predominantly minor developments, subject to certain limitations and conditions. This permission is commonly known as ‘permitted development rights.’


A new permitted development right is added to allow local authorities and certain health service bodies in England to carry out certain developments in an emergency* for which a planning permission application is not required. This development right is added as a new section in Schedule 2 of the 2015 Order, which sets out all the developments that do not require planning permission.

The development that is permitted has to be for:

  • preventing an emergency;
  • reducing, controlling or mitigating the effects of an emergency; or
  • taking other action in connection with an emergency.

*An emergency is an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom.

This has been brought in, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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