Planning permission… the bane of everyone’s life when it comes to building an extension. With so many regulations to consider, it can often feel like a complete mission. So, we’ve put together some things that you need to know about planning permission, to make sure you’re prepared for building your extension.
Some extensions will not require planning permission, but it all depends on the size of your proposed extension, the location of it on your property and how many storeys you intend to build. Here are some of the key regulations that mean you will not require additional planning permission:
So once you have planning permission granted, you can crack on with your extension, correct? Unfortunately, it isn’t always that simple. You will need to check the title documents associated with your property too, as sometimes consent is required from the original owner or developer. If you miss this stage, you could be in breach of covenant (what can and can’t be carried out on the land). This could mean your extension will have to be taken down at a later date.
There are also building regulations that need to be taken into consideration when building an extension. These regulate things like doors and windows, drainage, electrics, external walls, internal walls, and roofs. Most extensions will require additional approval under the Buildings Regulation Act.
The points we’ve highlighted above are not an exhaustive list, so if you’re serious about building an extension we would always advise you to speak with your local planning authority directly as they are experts in the field. Things are always changing too – JSD Group just re-tweeted an article from the BBC, explaining how homeowners in England are free to build bigger extensions.
The team here at KJ Architects are always on hand to help and answer any questions you may have regarding planning permission or extensions – so please contact us today.