Making Home Improvements

We are happy for you to make improvements to your home but when these changes are significant, you will first need to fill in an an alteration form. You can find guidance to help you at the foot of this page.








Have you obtained a Building Warrant (and Planning Permission where necessary) for this work? if so please let us have a copy, together with a copy of approved plans. This can be emailed to info@melville.org.uk or posted to us at the Corn Exchange in Dalkeith.


What are significant changes?

Significant changes include:

  • Carrying out a conversion
  • Replacing the central heating
  • Fitting a new kitchen or bathroom
  • Laying laminate flooring
  • Fitting artex or other textured treatments to walls or ceilings
  • Making major changes to the garden such as building a garage, shed or pigeon loft
  • Decorating the outside of your house

If in doubt, please speak to Property Services.

Further information

To make sure that your application is dealt with as quickly as possible, please provide as much detail as you can such as:

Outbuildings Include plans, building warrants/planning consent, and give size and details of materials used in construction
Conversions Include plans, building warrants/planning consent, and give accomodation (number of rooms etc) both before and after conversion
Central heating Include plans and for boiler and radiators give manufacturer, type, number and position
Others Include plans and give as much detail as possible

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