What size of structure can you build without seeking approval from the council?

In recent times it’s become more and more common for people to choose to build additions and improvements to property rather than move to a new home. This saves the expense that property purchase entails and also prevents the inconvenience of having to leave an area which you already know. It’s often just a lot simpler to stay in a property and build.

That being said you need to ensure that any building work is carefully and expertly planned and carried out. You need to be realistic with your budget and make sure that you hire a reputable building surveyor and builders who will complete the project effectively and efficiently. If you do not hire the right people and make sure you have detailed plans in place there is a good chance the building project may not be as successful as you would like.

Why is building at your current property a good idea?

You may be thinking that a building project sounds like a big responsibility; so why bother building in the first place? As we have already mentioned, building at your current property may prove to be your best plan if you want to make improvements. It’s just not always cost effective to move home.

You do not necessarily have to be extending your property; it’s possible that you may want to build a new garage or a decking area where you can entertain guests when the weather is good. There are many different building projects that can give a whole new lease of life to your home.

What size of structure can you build without permission?

The one thing we should say up front is that it’s always a good idea to check what permission you need. There are some regulations which state you may not need permission to build a structure which is enclosed and less than three metres above ground; but regulations are not quite that simple.

If you have any doubt about getting permission for your building project you should put the job in the hands of a professional surveyor. They have the expertise to know exactly what rules and regulations exist and they can project manage the building work to ensure that everything goes to plan. If you do not have this professional expertise in place you run the risk of encountering problems along the way which could cause time delays and increase costs.

If you are intending to build a relatively small structure in your yard there is a good chance that you will not need permission from the council. That being said, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you take a chance and do not get permission, at some point in the future it may come to light that permission was required. You may be asked to return the property to its original condition which is not something that you want to happen. 

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

 

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