A Local Planning Authority (LPA) is the local government body that is empowered by law to exercise urban planning functions for a particular area and also control development. They exist in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
You will need the Local Planning Authority in order to obtain planning permission, if you want to:
- build something new
- make a major change to your building, eg building an extension
- change the use of your building.
In England the local planning authorities are:
- 32 London borough councils
- 36 metropolitan borough councils
- 201 non-metropolitan district councils
- 27 non-metropolitan county council
- 55 Unitary Authority Councils
- the City of London Corporation
- the Council of the Isles of Scilly
- 10 National Parks Authorities including the Broads Authority
- 2 Mayoral Development Corporations (the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation).
- The role of mineral planning authority is held by county councils, unitary authorities and national park authorities.
- The role of waste planning authority is held by county councils, unitary authorities and national park authorities.