Permitted development typically refers to the building permissions that are attached to the approved permit which you received in regards to your new building project. What this means is that there are conditions tied to the permit that you applied for and must be met and cannot be bent during the building process. For example, if you applied to convert your loft into a new bedroom, you cannot instead convert your garage or convert your loft into anything other than what was permitted via your application. Doing so could result in hefty council fees.
Another fixture on your building permit is that you are required to maintain the limits of the location for which you applied to begin the project. What this also means, is that you are not allowed to extend your project beyond the legal limitations that were granted on the initial building permit application. This also means that if you were granted a permit to convert your garage into a new bedroom, you may only work within the limits of your garage and this permit cannot be applied to someone else’s garage or extended to any other room in your home.
Types of Building Permissions
There are various types of building permissions that are available and for which can be applied for. We assist in determining the most useful one that would suit your needs depending on the project that you have in mind. For example, if you are looking to renovate and remodel a property entirely, there is specific building permission that we will help you apply for that covers all areas of the intended remodel. It can be more time-consuming to apply for a separate building permit to renovate each and every individual room.
As with all building projects, there are always safety codes and regulations that need to be met in order for the new build project to be suitable for use. For example, this means that if you are converting a loft or a garage into a bedroom, they must meet the requirements of a livable room, which includes insulation and a window for emergency exits. If the room does not presently have a window, you will need to accommodate this by installing one. If you are unable to do so, the room will not qualify or meet safety codes.
Finally, once the building project has come to a close it will then need to be inspected by a local official to ensure that every important feature has been met and every important factor has been detailed. The inspector will come and assess the level of quality for which the building project was completed and point out any areas that need to be improved or redone to meet safety codes and building standards. Inspections are organised through the local council who regulates building permissions and oversees their use. Passing an inspection means your new build project is safe and acceptable for immediate use thereafter.