House extensions have many benefits. They can solve space problems at a much lower cost than moving to a new home. They add aesthetic and real estate value to your property. The additional space created can be used for building new rooms. However, house extensions are governed by several rules and regulations. For some types, you will need planning permission and must also comply with building regulations regardless of which kind of extension you are carrying out.
While getting planning permission approval may be relatively easy, compliance with building regulations can be tedious. Compliance becomes even more challenging if you live in a special location such as a conservation area or metropolitan greenbelt. If you hire an experienced construction company or an architect, you will not have to worry about regulations because these professionals will do it for you. Ideally, you should consult and hire a company that has an in-house team of architects and engineers. The architect will prepare all the technical drawings and submit them to the relevant authorities for approval. He will also liaise with the concerned departments to ensure that all rules & regulations are complied with.
Many factors have to be considered when deciding the size and type of house extension you can carry out. Rules & regulations vary according to the kind of property you have. The rules for extending a detached property differ considerably from a semi-detached one. The architect must also identify if your extension idea falls within permitted development rights, saving you the trouble of seeking approval for planning permission. To get your completion certificate, the architect must also ensure that all building regulations are met throughout the construction process. Let us look at some of the rules applicable to different types of properties.
There are specific rules that should be followed for permitted development projects, which is why it is always recommended to consult an experienced architect to ensure that your project goes in the right direction.
The distance you can extend your house under permitted development rights greatly affects the final structure you get after the extension. There is no point in spending thousands of quid on extensions when you are not getting enough space. Remember that permitted development rights only apply to houses. Maisonettes, flats, and other buildings are not included. It is necessary to check with your local council to fully understand your permitted development rights so that you can avoid getting into trouble while the extension is underway. Violation of regulations can not only halt your extension but also result in fines, penalties, or legal action. How far you can extend your home depends first on the type of house you have. Introduced in 2020, permitted development rights were changed to accommodate the public. The changes also introduced the “larger home extension scheme”, known as “prior approval”. This twenty-eight-day application determines the distance you can extend without planning permission while seeking your neighbour’s consent or non-objection. For example, the maximum length increased from three to six metres for semi-detached or terraced homes. The maximum allowed distance for detached properties was extended to eight meters compared to four metres previously.
The above permitted development rights may suit many households, but you still must comply with several aspects if you want your extension without seeking planning permission. The least complicated way to do this is to hire a construction company with a complete in-house team of architects, engineers, construction workers, and people from other necessary fields who are required for a complete extension.