In general, you will not require planning approval for: constructing a rear expansion that does not increase the original floor space of the home by more than 40 square metres and is not taller than the house. This applies even if the extension is made from brick or stone rather than wood or metal.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, you will need planning permission if: the extension increases the height of the building above ground level; it contains seven or eight rooms or more; and/or it faces onto a public road. In some cases, local authorities may also have requirements for services such as water, gas, electricity or drainage.
It is important to understand that, in general, extensions will need to be approved by your local council. However, there are situations where councils may be willing to provide an exception to this rule. If you are considering extending your house, then discussing these issues with your local planner will help ensure that everything is considered before any plans are drawn up.
No, it does not. Depending on the size of the addition, you may not require planning clearance. You can construct up to six metres without planning approval, or eight metres if your property is detached. If your extension is more than eight metres from the boundary, then you will need to apply for planning permission.
It is important to note that local authorities have the power to decide what size extensions they want to see and whether they feel your property will be attractive to tourists or not. They can also decide how many bedrooms you can have in your home so be sure to only build what you need!
It is also important to remember that if you want to add on to your bungalow later, then you will need to get permission from your local council. Even if you do now need permission, you might find yourself needing it later when adding another floor or something similar. So it's best to get permission early on rather than waiting until later to expand your home.
Finally, make sure you get advice on planning laws from an expert before you start building so you don't end up with a home you cannot live in.
A house addition or extension* is typically considered approved construction. As a result, you won't have to go through the extra step of obtaining planning clearance as long as: Extensions of more than one storey are not permitted to extend more than three metres beyond the existing house's back wall. If the new building extends further than this, then you will need to apply for planning permission.
You should also know that extensions are usually classified as permanent changes to your home's structure and so require structural engineering plans in order to be accepted by your local council. However, if you would like to add on to your house without worrying about approval processes or costs, we recommend you speak with a qualified architect or engineer before you start work.
If the extension is longer than this, then you will need to apply for planning permission.
It also depends on what kind of work has been done previously. If there are existing walls that are merely repaired rather than replaced, then they do not require planning permission. However, if the work involves demolishing parts of the building then you will need to seek permission from your local authority.
In most cases, it is best to get advice from an architect or engineer before starting any home improvement project. This will help you identify any requirements that may not be apparent to look at your house objectively.
The good news is that most homes can be expanded upon with no impact to their structure or stability. The bad news is that this requires work below ground level and may not be worth doing if you plan to sell your house in the future.
The easiest way to increase the size of your house without having to rebuild it is by adding on to it. This can be done by buying an adjoining property or renting out rooms in your own home.
How large can you make an addition if you don't plan ahead of time? Permitted development restrictions have recently been loosened, enabling you to build a six-metre expansion without obtaining planning approval (or eight metres if your house is detached).
Anyone, whether they own, lease, rent, or merely observe it from the top deck of the bus on their way to work in the morning, can apply for planning clearance on any piece of land.