Do You Need Planning Permission For Your Extension?

13 Apr Do You Need Planning Permission For Your Extension?

I’m sure we would all love a bigger house with more room for our family without the work and cost of moving home – in this case an oak framed extension is the ideal solution. But, do you need planning permission in order to extend your home?

The answer is, in most cases yes, you will need planning permission to extend your home. It is essential when deciding to extend your home to contact your local planning authority as soon in the process as possible to gain local guidance and advice in your journey.

The Process of Planning Permission

For your planning permission you will need to have the measurements of your design and all of the details and drawings of the project. Here at Oakcraft we can provide this information for you in the planning stage of your project. We will even write the planning application for you, free of charge when using our services – you can find out more about this here.

A public consultation exercise has to then take place where immediate neighbours and in some cases people in the local area will be consulted for their views. This information will then be presented along with your application to the committee for review.

Building Regulations

All building projects in the UK must adhere to the current statutory building codes. Before a project can enter the building stage, drawings must be sent to the building control for approval. The regulations set standards for all buildings in regards to the health and safety of those in and around the building but also energy conservation in the building and the access that surrounds the building.

A building inspector will be present at different stages in the process to ensure that all regulations are being met and the plans are being followed correctly. They will ensure that the building meets the current legislative demands.

The requirements that a building needs to meet are in schedule 1 of the building regulations and are grouped into parts. Examples of these parts include:

  • Structure
  • Fire safety
  • Ventilation
  • Hygiene

For a full list of the section 1 parts and more information on each area, use this resource.

Your individual circumstances may mean some of the above information is different for you, so it’s important to find out exactly what you need to do when you’re planning an extension. If you have any questions about the planning process or how we can help you along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.