Submit an application
Complete the form below to apply to alter your Lewes district council property.
We may also require a sketch plan of any alterations, and details of the materials you intend to use. Other information such as Architects plans or brochures from supplying companies will also be helpful.
If permission is granted, you will have to comply with certain conditions. Work must be carried out by someone competent. If you intend to do it yourself you must be sure you have the ability and knowledge.
Gas and electrical work must only be undertaken by qualified trades’ people. We require certificates for this work
The work must only be carried out during certain hours in order not to cause a noise nuisance to neighbours. Any works requiring planning, building regulation or Party Wall permission must comply with the terms of the permission
If you are a council tenant and your tenancy is ending, usually because you are moving, you may be able to get compensation for improvements. If alterations have already happened, without our prior knowledge, you may still make a claim.
Keep original receipts or invoices to help your claim. When considering whether to reimburse we consider several factors.
- how long ago the work was done
- the condition of the improvement when you claim
whether you received a grant for the improvements
whether you owe us any money through rent arrears
whether the cost or the quality, is higher than if we’d have done the work
the value of any improvement will go down as it gets older and the more you use it. A maximum of £3,000 is available for any one improvement.
No compensation may be granted if the amount is below £50. In some circumstances we may refuse permission. If this happens we may also ask you reinstate the property to its original condition.