Most building projects require Planning Permission and Building Regulations; extensions, loft conversions, outbuildings etc., however, when it comes to New Build homes it is essential to obtain planning consent BEFORE any building work starts, it is a legal requirement.
To draft your plans, you will require the services of an architect, who will also be able to advise you if planning permission will be required for your project. An experienced architect not only prepares your drawings but can be very helpful when it comes to planning official requirements and design or layout of your new space. For a small fee, many can also help with the application process itself, submitting your plans to your local council and dealing with any pre-application issues so you are not caught out!
In addition to this, your builder may also be able to advice you when it comes to planning requirements, they can also keep you up to date regarding the necessary Building Regulation checks during your build, allowing for you to make arrangements for the inspections in good time. Remember, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that all legal requirements and paper work involving the planning rules (and building regulations) are fulfilled.
When it comes to planning, make sure you have all the necessary legal paperwork in place before starting work and follow the very useful guidance and support of your architect and builder. If you prefer to take the stress-free root, ask your architect to deal with your planning application on your behalf, well worth the few extra pounds in my experience…