Do I Need Special Permission Before I Start Building in my Backyard?

Do I need to ask permission to build?

If you are running out of space inside your property, you may be tempted to build on your outside space. It’s certainly a way of extending your floor space, and it can add value to your property; if done well. You should never just dive straight into a building project though; there are things that you need to consider. One of the major points to address is the need for permission.

If you are building on your property, the safest thing to do is tell the council about your plans, and ask if you need permission. The need for permission varies from place to place so it’s better to check first. If you do not check, you could be faced with problems further down the line.

What could happen if you do not check?

It may be tempting to just go ahead and build, without checking if you need permission to do so. After all, checking and permissions could take up valuable time, right? The truth is that getting permission to build can take time, but it’s still better to follow the correct procedure.

There is little point in saving time on your building project if you have to remove the structure at some point in the future. If you do not get the necessary permission before you build, you could be asked to return the property to its original condition. This is likely to be inconvenient and costly at any time, but imagine if it happens when you are trying to sell your home. You can save yourself from all this trouble by simply asking about permission before you build.

What else do you need to think about?

Getting permission is not the only thing you need to think about before you start to build. Here are some points to consider.

  • Have you factored wiggle room into your budget? It’s always good to have additional finances for unexpected situations.
  • Are risk strategies included in the building contract? Following on from the last point; it’s good to have plans should issues occur.
  • Do you know what is on your property? You may not always realise what utility pipes and cables, or other hidden obstacles, are present. This is why it’s a good idea to have construction surveying carried out. This enables you to see if there are any obstacles you could be facing.
  • Are payment arrangements included in the building contract? This is really important as you need to be aware of what you are required to pay, and when.

All of these points are vital to the success of your project.

Hopefully, you can see how important it is to ask if you need permission to build. For some small structures, permission may not be necessary, but it’s better to check and have peace of mind. Once you have permission in place, if needed, then you know you can go ahead with your plans.

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