Do I need planning permission
Have you been thinking about improving your home? Do you need an extra space to grow with an ever expanding family, or would that dream kitchen and dining room be the perfect place for entertaining your guests? If so, it's important not to forget planning permission. Getting approval is easier than it might first appear because there are many improvements and developments which can go ahead without needing any kind of formal application from the council office, if your new proposed house extension or garage conversion comes under the permitted developments, you just might be able to fast track without some of the red tape usually attached to building work.
Planning permission is a lot of paperwork, but you're in luck because there are some things that can be done without the need for approval. The most important thing to consider before building an extension on your home is what type of construction works will require planning and which won't.
Building control or planning
What are the differences between planning permission and building regulations approval?
Most people realise they may need approval for their proposed building work but do not always understand the difference between Building Regulations and Town Planning Permission. Building Regulations are a means of ensuring buildings don't harm public safety, whereas planning permission is more about what's happening outside of the building itself- whether or not it will disrupt existing structures in any way. It seems that applicants usually have to make applications for both pieces of legislation separately before being granted consent from either body; however, some authorities can grant all approvals together if there are no considerations other than those relating to health and safety issues with regards to construction (i.e., you're just carrying out repairs).
The construction industry is highly regulated, so it’s important to know the difference between planning permission and building regulations approval. Planning approvals are required for any large-scale development or structural alterations and take a lot of time. Building regulation approvals only need applying for if you want to make simple changes such as adding an extension, and these can be processed more quickly than going through the planning permission approval route.
Some local surveyors operate as individual councils as opposed to others who work in partnership with other companies. All of them share the same ethos, which is, impartiality, accountability and technical consistency. Sometimes your builder may have a preference for a particular surveyor but it’s always best to talk through any preferences or unusual design details before you make an application to building control so that they can discuss your project and provide feedback on what is best suited for you.
You are welcome to choose the building control provider that you think best fits your requirements. People most often utilise one of the not-for-profit services offered by their local councils. They are known by local district surveyors, building inspectors, or your building Control Surveyors. These professionals have in-depth knowledge of the building conditions and the problems and issues and can direct their expertise to help you adhere and comply with the British standards for new buildings including house extensions in Nottingham.
All the local authority and building control teams with the boundaries of England and Wales work together as part of the local authority building control network, Which is the “LABC”
Building Regulations Applications
It’s possible to apply to your local building control authorities in one of two ways
Full Plans Applications
As most of these applications will need to be approved by the Building Control Team before work starts. You must submit all drawings, specifications and calculations for structure, thermal energy consumption etc. in order to avoid contravening regulations or facing costly delays on your project.
The application is not accepted until the building regulations have been met on site. There's a risk with this option because no plans are required and work carried out may need altering or upgrading to meet requirements.
If you're uncertain about whether or not to go ahead with a building project, the full plans route might be best for you. This will provide an approved plan that ensures your peace of mind and prevents any nasty surprises before starting construction. You'll need to deposit plans and calculations which are fully checked prior to commencement so as not to worry about anything while obtaining quotes, appointing contractors, and ordering materials based on agreed schemes without risk.
Starting work on the building
Building a house or extension is hard enough, but if you are self-building your own home then the responsibilities don't stop there. Building codes and other regulations must also be met to ensure that living in this new space will not only please you now but still meet all of your needs for years into the future. These guidelines can come to peace of mind with an inspection by building control surveyors at various stages throughout construction to help guide builders on how best to achieve compliance while keeping costs down as well.
Once the plans for a project are drawn up, construction usually begins and it is common to find that some changes may need to be made. The surveyor will always meet with you first before making any alterations so they can discuss your desired change in detail as well as how this might affect other aspects of the plan.
Any house extension project should be treated with the same care as a new building because it has an effect on your home, garden and neighbours. Building regulations may need to be approved even if you don't have permission from planners due to how major of an undertaking this is for all parties involved. You will also want to consider what materials are used in order not only to protect you but other people living nearby or traveling through that space too, which means having a good understanding of unusual construction techniques or materials that might have been used in the main construction of the property when it was first built. This may come in handy when getting started planning out your extension building project.
In drawing up plans, it's important to take into consideration things like access inside and outside your home while thinking about natural light flow throughout existing rooms, especially since unconventional methods were likely employed during the original architectural planning.
Some details and plans that your house extension should take into account
Building Control visits by your local authorities and what they will most likely look into
Building work completion
The meaning of the final visit by building control is the verification that all the relevant building work has been completed on your house and does indeed meet the actual building regulations before it’s habitable and put to use.
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