Obtaining planning permission is the first crucial stage of any construction project. Understanding exactly how the planning process works before you submit your application will help you to better navigate your approach.
The construction company experts at JVB Construction have listed everything you need to know about planning applications before you submit one.
What is planning permission?
Planning permission is the approval granted by a local council to allow the construction of a new building, or for changes to be made to an existing building. In the case of new builds, conversions, and larger extensions, planning permission will almost always be required.
If you go ahead with a project without obtaining planning permission, you will be forced to demolish and restore any work completed, and you may be subject to a costly fine. However, planning permission is not required in all cases, such as with some renovation and conversion projects.
If you live in England or Wales, you can check whether or not you require planning permission by visiting the Planning Portal. The government website also offers more information on planning permission and when you need it.
How much does it cost?
The cost of planning permission depends on where you live in the UK. However, the rough guide for costings in England is as follows:
- £462 for a full application for a new house.
- £206 for an extension application.
- Outline application cost £462 per o.1 hectares.
As well as the fee for the application itself, there are other costs to consider, such as the specialist consultant report and planning drawings.
Different types of planning permission
Full planning permission offers consent for a project based on a detailed design being provided.
Outline planning permission only gives permission in principle, and does not permit the work to begin. It’s commonly used when purchasing a house or piece of land with the view to developing it.
Permitted development is designed to allow homeowners to do certain projects, such as small-scale extensions, without having to apply for planning permission.
Do I need planning permission for my project?
If your project involves the creation of a new build, then it is very likely that planning permission is required. For permitted development, the rights fall into several categories:
Class A: Extensions, that allow the construction of:
- a single-storey side extension up to half the width of the existing dwelling.
- a single-storey rear extension up to 4m in length for a detached dwelling and 3m long for a semi or a terraced house.
- in some instances, 3m two-storey rear extensions.
Class B: The Roof. Rear dormers and hip-to-gable extensions can be created providing the additional volume do not exceed 50m cubed.
Class C: Other roof alterations
Class D: Porches
Class E: Outbuildings
How long does planning permission last?
Your planning permission will expire after a certain period of time. This is usually three years from the date full consent is granted unless the permission says differently.
If your permission is about to expire, you have several options to consider. You can make a ‘material start’ to the project – as you only need to start the project (not finish it) within the three-year period.
How to apply for planning permission
You can apply for planning permission by contacting your local planning authority through your local council.
JVB Construction is a construction company operating in Surrey and the southwest. If you are planning an extension, renovation or new build, contact us today for a no-obligation quote and more information.