Planning, building and conservation

Planning rules for common projects

  • A back garden fence.

    Fences, gates and garden walls

    You will not need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect a new; or alter, maintain, improve or take down an existing fence, wall or gate if you meet certain conditions.

  • An extension being constructed for a house.


    Rules, known as ‘permitted development’ rights, allow you to extend a house without needing to apply for planning permission if specific limitations and conditions are met.

  • A front door and window of a terraced house.

    Doors and windows

    You do not usually need to apply for planning permission for certain works.

Living in the borough

  • A row of newly built houses.


    View information about housing options, home improvements, moving to the borough and more.

  • An old busy street scene of Rochdale town centre.

    Local history

    Rochdale's history can be traced right back to the Doomsday Book in 1086.

  • Artist impression of new  build flats.

    Improving the borough

    We’re working hard to make Rochdale borough a better place for shoppers, visitors and businesses.

Decision making

  • cartoon image of people with a giant filing system

    Policies, strategies and reviews

    We use policy and strategy documents to guide our decisions. We also use them to develop and run our services fairly and consistently.

  • Councillor's committees

    Councillors and committees

    Councillors are responsible for agreeing provision of services and how the council's money is spent.