Your Common Questions Answered!

You’ve got the questions and we’ve (hopefully) got the answers! We’ve listed some common questions that we get asked by clients who are thinking of having an extension built.

Q: I want to extend my house, what plans are required?

A: The first set of drawings that you’ll need are the planning drawings. These will comprise of existing floor plans and elevation drawings of your property, along with proposed plans of what the house will look like with the new extension.

At ABTO, we will come out to your house and sit down and chat through your requirements, before undertaking a full measured survey of the property. We will then go away and get cracking on the planning drawings.

Q: How long is the planning process?

A: From the date of submission, you should expect to wait up to 10-weeks for a decision on whether your proposals have been granted or not. In the first 2-weeks the local authority will validate the plans, which will be followed by an 8-week determination period.

Q: How long does planning permission last for?

A: By law, any planning permission granted expires after a certain period. Generally, unless your permission says otherwise, you have three years from the date it’s granted to begin the development. If you haven’t started work by then, you will probably need to reapply.

Q: Do I need planning permission?

A: Not necessarily. Some projects will fall under Permitted Development, which means that they do not need to be submitted for planning, as long as they meet certain requirements. You can find out whether your proposed project will fall under permitted development via:

Q: How much does the planning application cost?

A: Most domestic householder extension/conversion projects cost £206.00.

Q: When can I get quotes from builders?

A: You can get an accurate, fixed price quote for your project once you have the full set of planning drawings and also building regulation drawings (see below). From these your builder will know what the construction of the extension will comprise of, and should be able to provide an accurate quote.

Q: What are the building regulations?

A: Building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.

You will require a full set of building regulation drawings and notes for your project, which will outline how your proposed scheme will be built.

Q: What happens if planning is refused?

A: If your application has been refused, you may be able to submit another application with modified plans free of charge within 12 months of the decision on your first application. When an application is refused, the council provide comments on why the scheme was not granted, so you can tweak the design to meet these obligations.

You can also appeal if the local authority does not issue a decision within eight weeks (known as non-determination).

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