It’s not the most exciting subject I know, but it is a crucial topic of conversation that needs to be had every time a client is looking to have something more complex than a decorative overhaul.
It is generally recognised that some form of consent is needed for building work and/or alterations to properties. However I think people can become easily confused by what type of approval they need to obtain from their local council. Planning permission or Building Control consent and what is the difference between the two?
More often than not, major construction work will need both forms of consent, involving two separate applications. Having said that though, it is often the case with internal alterations, that building regulations will be all that is needed. Needless to say, it is best to check first though – better safe than sorry!
Put simply, the difference between the 2 are as follows: BUILDING REGULATIONS set standards for the DESIGN and CONSTRUCTION of buildings, ensuring that they meet the Health and Safety criteria for people IN or ABOUT the buildings. PLANNING PERMISSION, however, which looks at external aesthetics, is required for the development of our towns, cities and countryside and the impact the development will have on the general environment, including the appearance of buildings.
We help our clients with both, as these aspects of a project can seem daunting. Having built relationships with many Councils, carrying through countless successful applications, we can bridge the gap. This is just another aspect of our personal service. We always try to consider the needs of our clients by helping realise their dreams, all the while taking the stress out of it for them where we can.