Obtaining the correct planning permissions before you start renovation on your property is vital, says Martin Greene from dulwichloftconversions.co.uk. Various town planning departments are there to ensure that homeowners adhere to strict regulations before they embark on property alterations. This is done to ensure not only safety on the property but also that the city’s infrastructure could handle additional renovations.
If you did not already know your property is not simply made up of your house and some empty ground. Underneath your house is an array of pipelines and sewerage systems. The first step in obtaining the correct permission for building onto your property is to, in most cases, obtain the original building plans for your property. On these plans, you will be able to see where major pipelines and electrical cables are laid.
This will ensure that you do not hit a major pipeline when you lay down additional foundations on your property. This will also ensure that when you hire an architect to develop the plans for your property, they know where to place that new bathroom so that it lines up with the sewerage system.
But, planning permission goes much further than simply handing your plans to an architect. There are regulations set out by each government of exactly how much and where additional buildings can take place on a property. This means you are not allowed to extend your property beyond the boundary of your property.
You may also not be able to build a multistorey property in certain areas due to ground stability. When applying for additional buildings onto your property, you will be informed of the restrictions which are in place for the area in which you live. Certain governments also do not allow for buildings to be extended onto more than half of the actual property.
Here are several examples of when you may be required to get permission for your building alterations:
• If you plan to build on more than half of your property.
• If you are building towards a road.
• If you are building a second or third story onto your house.
• If your extensions require you to demolish parts of your house.
If your application for renovations is declined you need to make sure that you are aware of the exact reason for the dismissal. If your application for renovations contains just one detail which cannot be approved by your local authority it could be dismissed. In this case, it could be simple to resubmit the application after changing the obstructing details.
In other cases however the building plans could be in complete contravention of local building laws, in this case, you will have to consult with your architect to re-design your renovations. If however, you feel your plans do not contravene local laws, many town planners offer you as a homeowner a chance to appeal the original decision. It is to be noted however that appealing a decision could take a very long time.