Many statutory bodies will want their say in your development, and the main one is the planning department. The planning process can quite often be fraught with problems and difficulties and usually takes a considerable amount of time. The best person to deal with your planning issues is a suitably qualified architect who is an expert in planning law and can assist you through the entire process from initial concept to approval from the statutory bodies. This article explains the process of obtaining the necessary planning permission for your dream home. People will choose a particular building site for various reasons such a locality, view, proximity to work and family, access, surroundings, existing vegetation such as mature trees, shelter, privacy, ground conditions, among others. But no matter where it is or how hidden it is from everywhere, you will probably require planning approval before you can build the home of your dreams.
What will the planning authorities want?
The planning authorities usually dictate the types of structures and finishes they would prefer in particular areas of the country. They are in charge of all developments within the cities, towns and the countryside. Building without a planning consent is against the law and depending on the circumstances, you could be prosecuted and fined if found guilty, and an enforcement notice on you to remove a building or part thereof if you do not have the necessary planning permission. They will decide what you can build and what you can’t. The planning department is one of the many authorities from which you must seek approval before building a house. This stage takes some time, so patience is needed upon application for development planning.
When applying for detailed design, you must follow the requirements set out in the outline approval to the letter of the law to ease the process. Deviation from the principles contained in the guideline may result in refusal of the detailed planning phase, and therefore you will not be allowed to commence the construction. The detailed information that the planners will require include, but not limited to, the proposed plans of the house, elevation drawings of all sides, site plans, some details of the construction methods and types of finishes to be used. Other features include topology levels of the existing ground, landscape proposals, drainage facilities, ownership information and any other details they deem necessary to consider the application for approval. All the drawings provided must be produced to scale and show in sufficient detail the proposals. In addition to your architect’s fee, there is also a planning application fee involved.
Other statutory bodies
After obtaining the approval, you are ready to move to the next stage. Planning approval is unfortunately only one of the many regulatory agencies that you will require approval from. Others include building control approval, road authorities, and water/sewerage authorities. There may be others parties you need to get approval from, depending on the type of development. It all takes time. Good luck.