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Owners of agricultural land and/or buildings have permitted development rights which accrue as a result of the amount of land they hold in agricultural use. These rights are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2016 (as amended) Schedule 2, Part 6.

Agricultural rights fit into three main categories;

  • Agricultural permitted development on sites of less than 5 hectares;
  • Agricultural sites in excess of 5 hectares; and
  • Changes of use of agricultural buildings.


Our Agricultural Permitted Development Guidance provides a simple summary of the complex rules relating to agricultural permitted development rights.  It is an introductory guide only and is not a definitive source of legal information.

The rights are complex in their application and subject to considerable exemptions and caveats and therefore anyone wishing to exercise their permitted development rights, or think that they may apply to their land, should contact us for site specific advice before commencing any works.

Agricultural  permitted development rights

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Agricultural Permitted Development Rights

Guidance