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  Frequent Asked QUESTIONS
  We have listed below answers to some of the commonly-asked questions about the Planning and Building Regulations issues. If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
   
  •  Do I need planning permission?
Whether or not you need to apply for a planning permission is depend on the scale and location of the proposed works or development. With the current planning policies, most houses will benefit from Permitted Development Rights under certain circumstance, which mean that proposed works can be carried out without the need for apply planning permission. However, it is always advice to apply for Certificate of Lawful Development for such works.
 
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  •  What are Permitted Development Rights?
Under the current planning law, not all projects require a planning permission. If you have never had extensions on your property before, and your property is not a listed building or located within a conservation area, you may qualify for a Lawful Development for your proposed development.
   
  •  What is Listed Building consent?
Buildings with exceptional architectural interests are officially listed according to their status and importance. If a building is class as listed building, any alterations to the interior and exterior have to be approved by English Heritage or the Local Authorities Conservation Officer. Thus application for Listed Building consent is required before any building works commence onsite.
   
  •  What is Building Control?
The Building Control is a process to ensure that building work is carried out in compliance with the current Building Regulations and allied legislations. Any works involves the erection, extension or alteration of a building, is require to submit an application under the Building Regulations. This process is to ensure that all construction works are complies with the Building Regulations and other related legislation. The building control officer is checking constuction drawings of the proposed work and also carried out site inspection during construction period.
   
  •  What is different between Planning and Building Regulations?
The building control standards is completely separate from the planning system, and approval under the building regulations must not be confused with planning permission. Approval under the Building Regulations does not mean that planning permission has been given and vice versa.

The purpose of the planning system is to ensure any proposed new development are comply with the local authority planning policies, wheares the Building Regulations is to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings.
   
  •  How long does it take to get a decision on a planning application?
Most planning applications are decided within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex, in which case the decision period is extended to 13 weeks.
   
  •  When does work need to start after planning permission is granted?
Planning permission expires after a certain period. Generally, you have three years from the date it's granted to begin the development, unless your permission stated otherwise, if you haven't started your works by then, you will need to apply for extend the permission before it expires or re-apply after the expiration date.
   
  •  How long does it take to get Building Regulations approval?
When a valid Full Plans application is made, the Council will issue a decision within five weeks unless otherwise stated.