Planning Approval

Alterations to buildings must meet requirements of the Local Authority requirements of Planning and Building regulations.

Planning Authorities are there to ensure that the design of buildings are of good quality & protect the environment as well as the neighbours!!

An initial site visit is arranged to discuss client’s requirements at no cost. I discuss their needs then suggest relevant ideas and advice.

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  • Initial site visit & agreed fee structure with client.

  • Designing of ideas/solutions with client, & composing of draught drawings.

  • Submission to Local Authority for Pre-Application submission, to receive advice from Planning dept.

  • Once initial agreement from Planning dept, drawings submitted for final submission.              

  • Upon receipt of Approval next stage is Building Regualtions.


After consultations/negotiations with the client and with Local Planning Authorities the ‘final proposed drawings’ are completed and submitted for Planning Approval, along with the relevant forms and paperwork.

Once it has been established that Planning permission is necessary, my fee is then submitted to the client for approval. Once approved by the client a measured survey is completed of premises, generally consisting of plans, sections & elevations.


Relevant Design & Access Statements and Flood Risk Assessments are included where necessary, Site Location Plan and any other supporting information needed, photographs etc, for the purposes of consultation.  



Building Regulation Approval

  • Agree fee structure with client, including information about the relevant Local Councils submission fees.

  • Composing of drawings for Building Regulation Approval including sections & construction notes.

  • Consultations with any associated professionals: Structural Engineer etc.

  • Submission of drawings to Local Authority Building Control department for approval.

  • Once approval has been obtained, plans can then be passed to builders for quotes. Schedules of works can also be compiled, if necessary.

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Building Regulations are entirely separate from Planning Permission.


In the majority of cases, all extensions, conversions and structural alterations require Building Regulations Approval for the work you are carrying out. Building regulations promote standards for most aspects of a building’s construction, energy efficiency for the needs of all people, including those with disabilities, in accessing and moving around buildings. They are separate from Planning Permission and for most developments you will need Building Regulations Approval. Building Control Fees are set by the Government.


Once Planning Approval is obtained, the preparation of drawings are completed for submission to the relevant Building Control Services Department within a Local Authority, for approval. Building Regulations are not as formidable as they seem and cover matters such as: drainage, structural stability, fire safety, energy conservation, accessibility to buildings, and acoustic requirements for sound proofing of properties.


Structural Engineers are also employed where necessary, using locally based offices. Schedule of proposed works are prepared if required.


New buildings and alterations to existing buildings is all about listening to people’s needs. It is the little details of where to put the kitchen sink that can be just as important as a major structural beam.