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D3 Architects Stage 2: Planning Applications

Last time we looked at the sketch scheme and how to develop it. The next stage is to submit the planning application and here are the key points.

What is planning approval for?
Any work to a building such as an extension, alteration or new build will require planning approval. This is consent to undertake the works from the local authority. However, there are some instances where you do not need permission.

Do I need planning permission?
With domestic properties, certain sized extensions and alterations do not require permission providing you live in certain locations. These are permitted development rights; you can find out more and access free guides from the website We always advise our clients to get planning approval or a certificate of lawfulness for projects to enable solicitors, undertaking searches, to know you had permission should you ever decide to move.

How long does planning take?
Planning has 8 weeks to determine an application but it can be extended to 12. Locally the council are working hard to get this down to 5 weeks for domestic projects.

How much does it cost?
For an extension and alterations the fee is £172, for a new house it is £385. There is no VAT on planning application fees.

All the best with your project. Next time we will look at building regulation applications.




Guest Blog written by Simon from D3 Architects

Established in 2009 with the motto, Design, Delight, Deliver. D3 Architects have experience in a wide range of commercial and residential project types from new houses to doctors’ surgeries to factory extensions to design and build. It is their experience that often wins them work as contractors and other professionals recommend D3 Architects due to our thorough drawings and approachable nature… click to view their website