Planning Approval – A Beginners Guide
A guide from expert builders in Surrey – What’s planning permission?
As professional builders in Surrey we understand that planning approval is a complicated subject. We hope this blog helps you understand the key points.
Planning permission is the approval from a local authority to create a new build or alter an existing building. It isn’t always needed depending on the size of the change or if there is a change in the use of a building.
Do you need planning permission?
Planning permission varies greatly depending on the area you are in and what type of change you are looking to make. Generally, if you are planning to make a single story extension, as long as it’s no more than 8m for a detached, or 6m for a semi detached. Two story extensions are more complicated, however, if you are not planning to exceed the current top height of the house, or be within 7 metres of your boundary fence. Although, these guidelines are subject to change so please always double check with your local authority. Many houses have permitted development rights that allow loft, garage and cellar conversions without the need for planning permission.
How do you get planning permission and how long does the process take?
The process length can be determined by the size of the project, a smaller task can be as little as 8 weeks between validation to permission, whereas larger projects can take considerably longer. Furthermore, you should leave a significant amount of time for this stage as the authority may come back with limitations or changes that must be enacted and then the whole case submitted again. Why not use this handy tool to help you along the way: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/
How much does planning permission cost and how long does it last?
This can vary depending on restrictions, but most permissions will last for around 3 years. You need to start work within this window for the permission to be valid or you will have to reapply. The cost of this varies depending on where you are in the country.
How do you find out the stipulations?
These can vary depending on your area, so please get in contact with your local authority to discuss these with them. The permission may include stipulations that you must follow or conditions on the build. If your application is rejected, this will include the reasons as to why you were unsuccessful.
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