Home alterations for council tenants

If you want to carry out alterations or improvements to your home (not including redecoration) you must get written permission from the Housing Department before you start any work.

If any tenant makes alterations without written permission we may ask you to put your home back as it was or we may do the work and charge you for it.

You will need to provide details of the work you would like to do. This includes who will carry out the work and other information depending on the work you are proposing.

Some alterations or improvements will need planning permission and/or building control. You must apply and pay for these separately. You must also ask permission from the Housing Department.  

Permission from the Housing Department may be given on condition that you are granted planning permission or building control. You are responsible for repairing and/or maintaining any improvements you carry out.

Officers from the Housing Department may need to inspect your home before, during and after you have carried out any improvements. This is to make sure that you have complied with any set conditions, and that the work has been carried out to a competent standard.

Apply for permission for a home alteration

Tenancy types

If you have an introductory tenancy, we might not agree to you making alterations to your home.

If you have a non-secure tenancy, we will not give permission for you to make alterations to your home.