Are you keen to extend your home? Then you’re probably asking the common questions “do I need planning permission?” and “why do we need planning permission?” Here, we look at everything you need to know about planning for a house and what you need to do to get Birmingham planning permission for the changes that you hope to carry out to your property.

What Do I Need To Know About Planning For A House?

Adding extensions to your home is a great way to increase your living space, especially if you don’t want or can’t afford to move house. Both single and two-storey extensions to the side, back or front of your property will require planning permission as will additions to your home’s roof. If you add on a conservatory or porch, planning permission is also technically required although thanks to the PD (General Permitted Development) Order in many cases permission will be given automatically.

Why Do We Need Planning Permission?

Applying for planning permission may be time-consuming, however, if you fail to do so and permission is required, you could find that you will end up having to demolish your new extension. If the council finds out that you have built an extension to your home without the necessary permissions it is within their power to refuse retrospective permission and to demand that the renovation is reversed to restore your property to its original state. This, of course, is going to be costly and inconvenient. Therefore, getting planning permission whenever necessary is always advisable.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

When it comes to obtaining Birmingham planning permission, PD rights usually allow a single-storey rear extension of up to 8 metres on a detached home and up to 6 metres on an attached property. It’s still essential to tell the council, however, who consult with neighbours to determine any negative impacts. There are some exceptions to PD rights, though. For example they don’t apply on flats. They also don’t apply on any listed properties so if you’re planning Victorian home extensions you may need to apply for planning permission.

What Needs To Be Considered When Getting Planning Permission?

Often, planning policies require that any extension blends with the existing property or area’s character. For example, if you’re planning Victorian home extensions this could be a major consideration. Usually, rear additions to the home allow for more flexibility than side or front additions, so this is something to bear in mind. You must also consider any potential impact on your neighbours when planning your home extension. If their privacy is likely to be affected or they are likely to lose light or suffer from a reduced outlook, permission may not be granted. Impact on any trees or greenery around your property may also need to be borne in mind along with any possible effect on protected species.

Who Can Apply For Planning Permission?

So, who can apply for planning permission, assuming that you will require it for your extension? You can apply for it yourself, however, you can also use the services of trusted local construction professionals if you would prefer to make the application without any additional hassle or stress for yourself. Our experienced team can handle the planning permission application for your extension as part of our end-to-end renovation service, making your life easier.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you with your home extension project and with the process of applying for planning permission. We can give you a no-obligation free quote today.