Obtaining Planning Permission

Planning permission can be a right pain when you’re trying to build. There are a whole lot of rules and regulations, plus you can waste valuable time waiting for confirmation to go ahead – it’s all a bit of a nuisance! This is why a lot of people become tempted to go ahead and start building without planning permission.

What are the consequences if you do?

What happens if you didn’t know you needed planning permission or you build without it? Our team at Bluelime Home Design have put together everything you need to know so you can avoid the pitfalls.

Do You Need Planning Permission?

The first thing you should do is find out whether or not you need it. To do this, you need to ask an expert who can clear things up for you. If you think it’s still risky, it can be a great idea to get hold of a Lawful Development Certificate. This can be used as evidence to show you are building lawfully. But, what happens if you start to build without planning permission?

Failure to Comply

Whether it’s an outhouse or an extension, failure to comply with the rules will mean you’re committing a planning breach – which isn’t good! In the worst-case scenario, you’ll be given an enforcement notice to resolve the issues. This can sometimes result in taking down the whole of the building completely. So it's best for everyone if you follow the rules from the start.

Retrospective Planning Permission

If you want to avoid the consequences, but you’ve already created the structure, you can apply for retrospective planning permission. You’ll also need to do this if you haven’t followed the rules laid out by your planning officer – this would still be a breach of the rules.

You’ll need to apply to your local council, who will then look at your building, checking whether it has an impact on your surroundings and if it stays inside the guidelines. If it does, you’ll be granted permission and narrowly avoid a disaster!

The easiest way you can steer clear of these consequences is by knowing the right criteria. We’ve got more on general planning permission and planning permission for extensions that you can check out to clear things up.

If you need professional help with planning permission, get in touch with our team at Bluelime Home Design. We can help you by applying our extensive experience and local knowledge to your project, helping you sleep easy knowing you’re following all the rules.


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