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Article 4 Directions

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows for some types of development or changes of use to take place without planning permission, this is called 'Permitted Development'. These exceptions are set out in the "Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015". Some works which can traditionally be carried out under 'Permitted Development' may require planning permission if those rights are removed through the introduction of an Article 4 Direction.

An Article 4 Direction enables local planning authorities to remove a particular permitted development right in the interest of the proper planning of their area.

Borough Wide HMO Article 4 Direction

Dudley Council are proposing the introduction of a new Article 4 Direction (A4D's) covering the whole borough, which if confirmed will require planning applications to be submitted for new proposals to convert houses to small scale Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

A4D's remove the ability for property owners to convert houses (Use Class C3) to small HMO's for up to 6 people (Use Class C4) without the need for planning permission. Where A4D's are in force, a planning application will need to be submitted for this form of development, and before any conversion can take place, planning applications will need to comply with the planning policies set out in the local plan.


Dudley Council will be consulting on the making of a Borough Wide Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights for a change of use from dwellinghouse (C3) to a small HMO (C4).

Following this consultation, an evaluation of representations shall be undertaken to determine whether or not to proceed with confirming the Article 4 Direction. If the decision to proceed with confirming the Article 4 Direction, it will come into force by 15th September 2023.

Public representations regarding the proposed A4D are invited for a 6-week period running from the 15th September 2022 to the 31st October 2022.

A copy of the direction and a plan showing the area it relates to may be seen at the offices of the Council at Dudley Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF during normal office hours. Additionally, all consultation documents can be found below.

Any objection or representations concerning this Direction should be submitted in writing to Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, Dudley Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF (Ref: HMO - Article 4 Direction) or by email to by no later than 5pm on the 31st October 2022.

We are not able to accept anonymous comments - you must provide us with your name and contact details. Please note that any representations received will be of public record and may be published. Any personal data will be processed in line with the Strategic Planning Privacy Notice, available on the Council's website.