Most building work, unless is it a minor refurbishment, requires some sort of permission to be granted before it can go ahead. Depending on the extent of the work you wish to carry out, the location and type of property, you may be required to apply for several permissions.
Your architect will advise you on requirements, collating information and producing the necessary drawings before submitting the application on your behalf.
Permitted development application
This application seeks confirmation that the changes you are making to your home fall within permitted development criteria.
Planning permission application
This application seeks planning approval to make alterations to your property that are not within your permitted development rights.
Building regulation application
This application seeks confirmation that your plans comply with the requirements of the building regulations on such things as structure, fire safety, energy efficiency, drainage etc.
Party wall agreement
Your works may affect a wall or structure of a neighbour’s property. We can prepare the initial notices under the Party Wall Act which heads off any potential claims about cracking or other problems.
The construction regulations (Design and Management)
It is the duty of the client to appoint a ‘Principal’ designer and ‘Principal’ contractor.