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What You Might Need to Know About Building an Extension

Sometimes the space you have in your property might not be enough and you may need some extra wiggle room. Instead of moving to a much bigger property which is usually a massive inconvenience, you should consider building an extension. This option is often much cheaper and can be completed more quickly.

When thinking of building an extension, it is crucial to get everything right to avoid incurring extra and often unnecessary expenses. Building an extension will often involve some disruption and to be on the safe side, you should hire a professional to assist you. Hire an architect who can help you with the design as well as complying with building extension regulations.

When building an extension to your property, you can easily get carried away with the excitement the new project brings. However, there are a lot of things you need to figure out to stay on the safe side of the law and avoid extra costs. Here is what you need to know about building an extension.

Building regulations that apply to building an extension

Always secure building regulations approval before you start a construction project; especially one that relates to building an extension. Even if you have permitted development rights for your project, gaining building regulations approval is a must. Building regulations are there to ensure safety and focus on aspects such as fire safety, ventilation, structural integrity, damp proofing, and other factors that affect the safety of the building.

Most property extensions require that you get building regulations approval. Some, such as sheds, might not require building regulations approval but always consult an expert when building an extension or doing any construction work be on the safe side.

What if your extension is on a shared wall?

As long as you have planning permission and no restrictive covenants exist, you can build up to or on the boundary between you and your neighbour without any interference at all. However, your neighbour can stop you from doing any project on a wall that you share even if you have building regulations approval.

In most places, the Party Wall Act will apply.  The Act helps protect the interests of everyone within a community. If your extension is going to be built onto a shared wall, it must first comply with the Party Wall Act for the construction to be allowed.

Do I need planning permission?

Planning permission is completely different approval from building regulations. You do not need planning permission for building an extension but you need to get building regulations approval for it. However, there are a few cases where you may be required to get planning permission when you are building an extension.

For instance, if there is a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) where you are planning to build an extension, cutting down or even pruning the tree is illegal without planning permission. If you proceed to do any work to a tree covered by a TPO without permission you can incur a heavy fine which will end up costing you a lot more than you initially budgeted for.

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