5 Step Guide

Step 1 – Initial Free Consultation

We will visit you in the comfort of your home or business to discuss your ideas and the feasibility of your scheme. Planning permission is not always needed and many projects have permitted development rights, however most projects will still require a Building Warrant regardless. We can advise accordingly and provide a detailed written quotation clearly outlining our fixed Architectural fee, an estimate of any other Consultants’ fees if required and also Local Authority fees.

Step 2 – Survey

If you decide to proceed we will conduct a measured survey of the property.

Step 3 – Draft Drawings

We will produce DRAFT  planning drawings with various options for discussion. If you would also like a basic 3D visualisation of your proposals to help get a 3-dimensional picture then we can provide this service too. We will amend and tweak the options accordingly until you are satisfied with the final design.

Step 4 – Planning Application

Once we have your preferred option we will finalise the drawings and consult with the Local Planning Officer to discuss the project ‘pre-submission’ where we can get the chance to incorporate any comments. Now they are ready for submission to Council and together with your plans we will complete the necessary forms and submit your application to the Council who we will liaise with acting as your agent on your behalf. It can take up to 8 weeks for a decision from the date of validation by the Council. Neighbours have 21 days to comment on the proposals from validation date.

Step 5 – Building Warrant

Once planning has been approved, the building regulation drawings and specifications are produced together with the forms for submission to your local Building Control department. It can take up to 8 weeks for approval from the date of application validation by the Council. We will liaise with the Council acting as your agent on your behalf. If any structural elements require calculations or SER certification we will arrange with our Structural Engineers on your behalf or we can work with your own Engineer if you have one.

Note : both Planning & Building Warrant can be applied for at the same time if eager to get building however this is at your own (financial) risk if any issues with Planning arise therefore we recommend waiting on Planning Permission to be granted prior to preparation and submission of Building Warrant.