Do I Need Planning Permission to Extend my Kitchen?
A question we get asked a lot here at NBC construction is “Do I need planning permission to extend my kitchen?”. This is a reasonable concern, as undertaking work without the correct permissions can mean getting served with an enforcement notice ordering you undo any changes you’ve made to your property, leaving you with extra cost and none of the planned work! To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, it’s always best to check if you need planning permission before you start any building project and ensure that everything is done by the letter. So, do you need planning permission for a kitchen extension?
Generally, an extension does require planning permission; however, some small external works can fall within the elements of permitted development. There are, however, a certain set of exceptions to this rule, mainly about how large and tall your planned extension will be in relation to the “original house” (a phrase which here means how the original property stood as it was when it was initially constructed).
Different building materials from your original property, structures like balconies, raised platforms or verandas, and un-frosted upper floor windows may also require planning permission. Larger extensions may also be subject to particular planning conditions which must be adhered to.
If you’re wondering “Do I need planning permission to extend my kitchen?” and you live in a non-detached house and your extension involves work on a shared/boundary wall, you will need to adhere to party wall act before you begin any construction work on your property. This means that you will need to serve your neighbour a Party Wall Notice two months before you plan to begin – your neighbour will have fourteen days to respond from their receipt of the notice and depending on how smoothly things unfold, you will receive either a Party Wall Agreement or Party Wall Award.
Of course every project is different, so it’s best to talk to your design and build company in more detail about your plans, and they will be able to advise you on whether you need to consult your local planning authority or not.