Contributed By Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Ltd
The local planning authority (LPA) will decide if a proposed development of a property should be permitted.
The developer seeking to obtain planning permission will submit plans and specifications of the intended work to be undertaken to the relevant LPA.
Planning permission is required in most new buildings, major alterations to existing buildings and significant changes to the use of a building or piece of land. When planning permission is granted it is usually subject to strict conditions with which a developer must comply.
Building Regulation Approval
Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to almost every building. A landowner applies to its local authority building control department for building regulations approval. Examples of where building regulation approval is likely to be required include:
When the work is carried out it must meet the relevant technical requirements in the building regulations approval. In addition, the works must not make other fabric, services and fittings less compliant or dangerous than they were before.