What’s the deal with building extensions? building regulations

What is the deal indeed! To give you a head start on where we got up to you need to read this previous segment on building extensions to catch-up. From initial plans up to planning permissions, be prepared and be methodical in your approach. There’s no reason to do things half-heartedly. Like the boy scouts we say, “Be prepared.”

Addressing the issue of Building Regulations

After you have sent your plans to the council for review they will be put on the Planning Register for public viewing. Your local council will appoint a committee to make a decision regarding your plans. This process can take 4-8 weeks to be approved. If permission is granted the planned works must be completed within a five year period. This allows you plenty of time to put the plans into action. That’s where a company like Modern Attics come into play.

Of course, on the off-chance that planning permission is denied then alterations can be made to the plans to adjust accordingly to the problems raised by the council. A resubmission will then be required without any further charge. Remember, if denied you can always appeal within three months of the decision. If you fail to apply for planning permission but go ahead with a building extension you may face heavy fines and any completed work might have to be demolished. You can always obtain further information from your local authority.

Government building regulations are a separate issue to planning permissions. Complying with these relations, if applicable to your development, is essential. Reputable building services will be able to help you in ensuring that your extension meets all the required Building Regulations. It is extremely important to ensure that your extension is approved for both.

To achieve compliance with Building Regulations, you or your architect/builders must submit full and detailed plans of the proposed extension, together with the appropriate application form and fee, to your Local Planning Authority.

Surveyors will examine your plans and check to guarantee that the design and proceeding works accord with the Building Regulations. You or your builders will be required to notify the council before the work commences and at various stages throughout the project. Inspections can be made to ensure that the work being carried out from the laying of foundations to drain installations are being implemented according to the standards set forth. This is a good system to protect you and ensures that an independent party is monitoring the works being carried out on your home.

If everything is okay come the final inspection then a certificate of completion will be issued to the homeowner. Check with your local authority to find out more about Building Regulations or read our blog about it HERE.

We’ll be back with more on building extensions in coming weeks. If you would like to know more before then please contact us at Modern Attics for a free building extensions quote and information.


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