Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need planning permission?


Although planning permission is required for many structures, not all of which are immediately obvious, many properties benefit from "permitted development rights". This allows a certain volume to be built without the need to apply for planning permission, although restrictions still apply in conservations areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty and for listed buildings.


A useful publication, "Planning, A Guide for Householders" is available free of charge from your local planning department. Even if you do not need planning permission you will need Building Regulation approval for almost all building works. This is to ensure that any buildings are safely constructed and in accordance with the current building regulations.


What will it cost?


Once we have been to see you and discussed your requirements, we will send you a quote for our fees, and as far as we are able, advise of other costs involved, i.e. planning and building regulation fees. Once the constructions drawings are ready, we will send you copies to forward to builders for quotes for the work.


What do I have to do?


After our initial meeting, and your instructions for us to proceed, we draw up sketch proposals for your comments. These usually include a few ideas of our own. All we ask you to do is to study them, then give us a call and let us know what you think. If you need any amendments or have had any more ideas you may like included, once agreed, we ask you to provide the cheques to the local authority to apply for the necessary consents and we do the rest.


How long will it take?


This depends on the size of the project. Our initial visit is around an hour whilst we discuss your needs. If you then decide to use our services, we will need to carry out the site survey, at which point we will usually be able to give you a rough time scale for when you can expect to see your first set of drawings.


Once the final presentation is agreed, and you have instructed us to proceed with the planning or building regulation approval, time scales are approximately 8 weeks for planing permission and about 5 weeks for building regulations approval, although this can vary depending on the local authority and their workloads.


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