If you are planning to build an extension, then you need to make sure that you have the correct paperwork in place before you make any hole in the ground. If you don’t have the right permissions, and construct the extension anyway, then you might be forced to tear it down, or even repair the building to its original status. Housing Associations and councils are becoming ever stricter about permissions, and there are also new laws which will come into place by 30th of May 2016. Working out whether you need a permit is part of the process of planning your extension.
You do not need a permit if you are planning to build an extension which is less than 50% of the original footprint of the house (not the size of the house, but the land that it is on). You must also not include verandas, raised platforms or balconies that might allow you to see into other people’s property. If the extension is the same height as the current roof or it is not going to be higher than 3 metres, then you won’t need a permit.
When you will need permission
You will need permission if you wish to build a property in a semi-detached or terrace property, or if your house is directly connected to the road or pavement. If you are not able to build the property without a permit, then you will have to apply for Planning Permission. You will also need to have a Lawful Development Certificate which will show that your home is properly constructed according to the requirements of the Housing Officer. Make sure that you have completed all parts of the Planning Application, and have submitted the right type of plans and designs, in order to obtain the necessary permits.Read More