Whether you have a grand design in mind or simply want to adapt or upgrade your home, you’ll need to access whether your project will require planning permission. Although not all changes require it – some fall under the umbrella of Permitted Development Rights – they must meet the criteria for building regulations approval.
So, how does the process work? Well, if you’ve hired an architect, they may send the plans to your local authority directly, or you can discuss your ideas with a planning consultant, who can offer advice to help your project sail through.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that Permitting Development Rights don’t always apply to properties that have been extended since 1948, listed homes or those in a Conversation Area, or if you own a flat or maisonette. So, if in doubt, always check with your local authority before proceeding.
Once you’ve decided you need permission, you can submit your plans, including drawings and information on materials and reinforcements, via the online Planning Portal. If your project is rather ambitious, it’s wise to discuss it first with a planning officer at a pre-application meeting.
Don’t forget to secure a party wall agreement if the changes affect any neighbouring homes that share a wall. After you’ve submitted your application, you should hear back within about eight weeks, with permission lasting three years from when it is granted. In England, the cost varies between £206-462 depending on the type of application. Good luck!