A Guide to Building an Extension

House Extension Edinburgh

Building any house extension can be a complex and costly process, but it’s also a good way of gaining more space without the hassle of moving.

If you’re considering having an extension built, then there are a number of areas you should think about beforehand.

Does an Extension Need Planning Permission?

The requirements for planning permission can sometimes be confusing, especially if you’ve not encountered the process before. In some cases an extension will require planning permission. However, there are permitted development rights, which allow homeowners to carry out some building work without the need for planning permission. This includes smaller extensions, projects that utilise an existing structure or those that don’t have an impact on the surrounding environment. If you’re in any doubt, it’s always best to speak to your local planning department before work commences to confirm their requirements.

Applying for Planning Permission

It’s vital that you have gained planning permission, if necessary, before any work is carried out. If you don’t, you could be required to remove the building. A reliable building company would not recommend starting a project beforehand. An application for planning permission must include a certificate that states that your neighbours are aware of your intended plans. You will generally have a response from a local authority in less than two months. However, this process could take longer for more complex cases. 

What Is a Building Warrant?

Regardless of whether your project requires planning permission, you may need to have a building warrant. This will state how the building will be constructed and is necessary to show that the work complies with the relevant building regulations. You should apply before the work commences through your local authority, as well as send a certificate of completion when the work is finished.

What to Consider When Building an Extension

Organising the legal side of a building project is just one of the areas you need to think about when planning an extension. Before you even get to this stage, you need to know exactly what work you require. This will depend on your requirements, the space you have available, the size of extension you need and how you will use the additional space. It’s also important to factor in all the associated costs, as you need to ensure you can afford the type of work you want doing.

Once you have a good idea of the work that’s required, you need to choose a builder. You should choose a company that is reliable and trustworthy. One of the best ways of doing so is through recommendations from friends and family. Look at the experience they have and don’t always go for the cheapest option. Choosing the wrong builder could end up costing you more in the end in order to put mistakes right.

By following this process, you will have covered all the legal aspects of planning an extension and be on your way to achieving your dream home. To find out how A & J Building can build you the perfect extension to your home, call us on 01506 437 771 or email info@ajbpm.com.