Planning and building advice
Key information for Islanders during the clean up
removing debris and making buildings safe will not require permission
most repair works to buildings and some replacement works will not require planning and building permission and these are listed below
re-building structures and complete demolition are likely to require permission and officers are on hand to provide advice on how to apply and timescales for obtaining permission
How to get advice
You can speak to our Duty Planning and Building Officers between 9am and 5pm:
If your property is listed, you’ll need advice for repairs, replacement or re-building.
Contact us for advice, and we will liaise with officers from the Historic Environment Team to ensure you receive appropriate advice. The below mentioned works are for non-listed properties.
Repairs on non-listed domestic properties that do not require permission are listed below. If the damage is beyond repair or not listed below, contact our team for advice as some replacements and re-building may not require permission.
Make sure that your ‘permitted development’ rights have not been removed by a condition on a previous planning permission before carrying out any work.
Roof repairs: permission is not required for minor roof repairs such as replacing limited missing slates or tiles
Chimneys: permission is not required to repair existing chimneys on a like for like basis. In instances where structural repair to a chimney may be required, ask us for advice
Rainwater goods: permission is not required for replacement of rainwater goods such as gutters, fascia boards, downpipes in any material
Replacement glazing, windows and doors: permission is not required for replacement windows, doors, and glazing in any material provided work is carried out by a FENSA registered installer
Awnings: permission is not required if an existing awning has been damaged and is to be re-erected in the same location
Sheds and domestic greenhouses: permission is not required to re-assemble existing sheds and green houses in the same location, or to repair damaged roofs or panels. Damaged domestic greenhouses and sheds may be demolished without permission
Fences and garden walls: permission is not required to re-erect existing fallen or loose fence panels. Permission is not required for replacement fence panels or walls if it is located more than 2m from a public road and less than 2m in height (height taken from ground level 1m either side). Closer than 2m to a public road, permission not required where less than 900mm in height and do not alter the vehicular access
Repairs on non-listed commercial properties such as offices, industrial and retail premises that do not require permission are listed below. If the damage is beyond repair or not mentioned below, contact our team for advice:
roof repairs: permission is not required for minor roof repairs such as replacing limited missing slates, tiles or roof cladding or panels
rainwater goods: permission is not required for replacement of rainwater goods such as gutters, fascia boards, downpipes in any material
replacement glazing, windows and doors: glazing can be replaced with no permissions, however please contact us for advice related to anything over and above this
Repairs to livestock shelters and fencing on agricultural land that do not require permission is listed below.
Livestock shelter: permission is not required to re-assemble existing livestock shelter in same location or replace part of a shelter such as a missing panel
Fence: permission is not required to re-assemble existing post and rail agricultural fence
Removing debris and clearing up may include the removal of building material that has been damaged beyond repair. Removing part of a building is demolition. Permission is not required for the removal of any part of a building in order to make it safe. Once the building is made safe, further demolition of a permanent dwelling in order to re-build is likely to require permission, contact our team for advice.
If your property has suffered more severe structural damage, we strongly advise seeking the opinion of a property surveyor or structural engineer before entering or trying to collect belongings.
For properties that may be considered to be in a dangerous condition, contact the Building Standards team for advice, call +44 (0) 1534 445508 or email
Support from non-Jersey construction businesses
Construction businesses from outside of Jersey will now be able to operate on the Island for a period of 30 days without a business licence. This has been extended from 5 days, following a Ministerial Order signed by Assistant Chief Minister, Deputy Lucy Stephenson.
This short-term change permits construction businesses to operate in Jersey without a business licence until 3 December 2023. It will allow local businesses and individuals to engage off-Island construction workers to carry out emergency repairs to buildings and roofs, where the demand for services and support is very high.
Beware of scammers
Construction businesses are not allowed to go door-to-door, find business or sell their services whilst in Island. Residents should not be directly approached by businesses to offer their services. Any businesses doing so should be reported to the Business Hub Compliance Unit on +44 (0) 1534 444444 or by email to email@example.com.
Islanders are requested to verify contractors' credentials, avoid paying up-front, and have everything confirmed in writing. We also advise to check online for customer comments.