How to Apply for Planning Permission to Build a House?

How to Apply for Planning Permission to Build a House?


How long does planning permission take?

If you plan to build a house, build an extension, or make some other changes to your existing property, you will need planning permission.

However, some small extensions may not require planning permission. But, it is best to seek information about this with your local authorities before you start building. Your local authorities will guide you on any queries you have related to developing your house or building an extension.

They will also offer advice for applying for planning permission and give you general tips for submitting your application. The best part? They will tell you whether your application will likely comply with the development plan according to your area or not.

Common Types of Planning Permission (and the time it takes to process them)

You might not be aware of the types of planning permission if this is your first time building your house. However, planning permissions fall under three categories:

  • Permission
  • Outline permission
  • Permission consequent

Permission is the most common type which people apply for. This is also known as full permission.

On the other hand, if you want your local planning authorities to see whether your application complies with building your home in a particular area or building a massive extension, you might need to apply for outline permission.

For outline permission, you will have to submit the plans and particulars that are important for the decision-making of the planning authority—the decision-making related to the siting, layout, or other proposals for development.

If you get outline permission, it is absolutely necessary to submit detailed drawings of your house and receive consequent permission before you start any building activity. Generally, outline permission has a three-year duration. We know that sounds long enough.

However, generally, the local planning authority must make a decision on your planning application within eight weeks of application submission.

But if they require more information or the decision is appealed, it may take more than eight weeks (up to thirteen weeks) for your application to Process. This usually happens when the application is unusually large or complex.

Planning Permission Offenses

It will be considered an offence if you carry out any work without any planning permission. For this offence, you will be charged heavy fines and there is the potential of imprisonment by your local authorities.

However, if you make a genuine mistake (that you can back up with proof), it is possible for you to apply for planning permission to start working on your unauthorized development. But here is the caveat, if your appeal isn’t granted, the unauthorized development will have to be demolished.

Points to Keep in Mind Before Submitting Your Planning Application

It is pretty common for the application to drag on for weeks and sometimes even months. So, you need to be very careful while applying. Read the following factors we have mentioned below to know what you need to do and what to avoid.

1.    Do you even need planning permission? (for your home or extension)

Well, for starters, you will need a planning permission application if you want to build a new house entirely. However, you may not need to submit an application for home extensions if all your proposals comply with permitted development rights. You should search the internet to see if your extension qualifies or not.

2.    Validation Process

How long does it take for the local authorities to validate a planning application?

Right before the 8-week mark, the local authorities have to validate your application. As we have mentioned before, this time frame can increase to a couple of days or even weeks if they want to request additional information from you.

The following factors contribute towards validation extension even before the process has hit the eight-week frame:

What type of planning form do you need for your home project or extension?

People looking to renovate homes or build an extension should be using the “householder” application form. People usually make the mistake of taking a “full planning” application form.

Householder applications are more accessible and straightforward for privately owned houses. Projects that would require the householder application are:

  • Extensions
  • Outbuildings
  • Walls
  • Fences
  • Porches, etc.

However, if you want to divide your house into flats or if it is divided into lofts or flats, you will need a full planning application.

What drawings would you need for a homeowner planning application?

You have to submit all the drawings required to the local authorities for them to accurately process your application. The drawings will include:

  • A location plan highlighting the site in red (scale 1:1250 or 1:2500)
  • Existing and proposed floor plans and elevations (usually a scale of 1:50 or 1:100)
  • Existing and proposed block plan (scale 1:500)
Do you live in a conservation area?

If you live in a conservation area, you will need an additional conservation area consent with your planning permission if any demolition work is required. The easiest way to get the answer of if you live in a conservation area is by searching on the internet by typing “conservation areas in (your local authority).”

3.    Taking Pre-Application Advice?

Taking additional time to seek pre-application advice will surely increase your overall planning time. However, it can save you a lot of stress and time in the long run by ensuring you get your application approved the first time you submit it.

Re-designing or re-submitting applications or appealing planning decisions means adding more and more time.

How planning officers assess planning permission applications?

Planning permission applications are generally assessed in two parts, internally and externally. Both parts of the planning permission process take up to four weeks each. It usually begins with an external discussion in which your applicationa is seen by neighbours, engineers, or environmental officers.

They have the right to make an objection and complain about your application. However, only the planning officer will decide whether these objections should be considered or not.

In the second part, the planning officer views your application internally.

The officer will research the area thoroughly and will see how the development will fit in. They will have face-to-face meetings with other planning officers for additional comments on your planning application.

The planning officer will go through the application again and take the final decision based on research and comments made by environment officers, neighbours, and other planning officers.

Top Powerful tips to speed up your planning permission process

Obtaining planning permission may take a lot of time. The time expected to obtain planning permission also depends on what you are going to build. It will typically take eight weeks to obtain planning permission to build a house.  Getting planning permission for significant or industrial developments will take at least thirteen weeks.

Many people want to quickly obtain planning permissions to start the construction work on the site as soon as possible and make a considerable profit. To assist in achieving that goal,  some of the most powerful tips on how to speed up the planning permission process and to obtain a favourable outcome as fast as possible are:

1.    Check what you need to submit:

It is essential to know the validation requirements for the type of planning application you want to submit. Different local authorities have other requirements; therefore, it is essential to understand what documents are required to support your application. If you fail to do this, the local council will not register your application, and you will face a considerable delay right at the start.

2.    Have a pre-application meeting:

It is better to arrange a pre-application meeting with the planning officer as it will help in establishing a good relationship with him. These meetings will also give you an indication of how the local council will view your application. You can also use the meeting as your chance to re-confirm what you need to submit with the planning application.

3.    Get surveys done in time:

Many ecological surveys can be carried out at certain times of the year. Suppose you need traffic counts for transport assessment, these cannot be carried out during school holidays as the traffic will be much lighter than. It is better to get these surveys done in time to speed up your planning permission process.

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