A Non-Material Variation (NMV) application is a proposal to change an approved development that will not significantly alter what was granted planning permission.
Starting from 1 April 2021, we have introduced a new and streamlined way to apply for NMVs, with a new formalised Application Form and Customer Guidance for applying. It will allow us to process NMVs in a more efficient way.
NMV applications will now also be subject to a charge based on the scale of your development.
Developments which are primarily related to improving accessibility for people with disabilities are exempt.
A non-material variation essentially means that the proposed changes to a development will not significantly alter the scheme that was originally granted planning permission.
When considering a request for a non-material variation, planning officers will consider the cumulative impact of the proposed change alongside any other requests for non-material variations that have been made previously.
What permissions does a NMV relate to?
A non-material variation can only relate to a planning permission that has been granted. It is tied to the original planning permission and is not a new consent.
It is also important that you check and confirm any changes with Building Standards to ensure that any variations proposed in your NMV application still comply with the relevant Building Regulations.
Payments should be made online on our new NMV Payment Page – please note that we cannot accept payments over the phone or by cheque.
If an application for a NMV is successful, we will agree the variation in writing and a copy of the decision letter will be added to the planning portal. The drawings will then constitute the approved drawings for your planning permission. The original permission remains in effect but must be read in conjunction with the variations agreed under the NMV application.