Do I Need Planning Permission for Bifold Doors?


Bifold doors are a popular way to create a seamless transition between home and garden. They have been trending for years, especially in homes with decking or patios. Bifold doors can open areas, creating a stunning open plan effect.

Bifold doors normally do not need planning permission as permitted development rights cover them. However, if bifold doors are part of a new extension, they will need to be included in the plans submitted into the planning portal.

When do I need planning permission for bifold doors?

Before renovating your clients’ properties with a sleek, streamlined look of bifold doors, you’ll need to check about planning permission to install them. Here are some common situations where clients will need planning permission for new bifold doors:

  • Building something new like an extension or separate dwelling.
  • Your client wants to make a significant change to an existing building.
  • Your client is changing the use of the building, for example, turning the front of a residential building into a coffee shop with bi-folding doors.


The normal case scenario of installing bifold doors, French doors, or new windows falls under Class A permitted developments list. This means your clients won’t need to obtain planning permission. However, these developments are subject to specific restrictions, such as Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. It’s worth doing your own research before advising clients about installing new bifold doors.

Keep in mind that if your clients require planning permission, it can take up to 12 weeks to be granted. This is something you’ll need to consider when scheduling your installation date.

How do I get Planning permission to install bifold doors?

If it turns out your client does need planning permission for their chosen bifold doors, they will need to contact their local authority to obtain it. You can advise them during the planning process, but you can’t do it for them.

These planning applications will typically have a process that will require paperwork to be completed and submitted. You, as an installer, need to be aware of the building regulations involved, as clients usually talk to their bifold supplier or installer about it.

Trade bifold door suppliers in South West England

TDK Frames are professional trade suppliers of windows, doors, and commercial projects. We work with industry-leading products supplying areas such as Poole, Dorset, Wiltshire, and surrounding areas in the South West.

Speak to a friendly and knowledgeable team member about bifold door installations, get in touch with us here, or call us on 0120268 099.

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