Most construction projects in the UK, including building new structures or making changes to existing ones, will require planning permission from the local planning authority.

Planning permission is necessary to ensure that the proposed development complies with planning regulations and policies and will not hurt the surrounding environment, neighborhood, or local infrastructure.

At John Webster Architecture, we can help you with your planning application. We will work with you to create a design that meets your needs and complies with planning regulations.

Once the design is complete, we will submit the planning application for you and handle any communication with the local planning authority. We will keep you updated on the application status throughout the process.

By choosing us to handle your planning application, you can trust that your project is in good hands with our experienced team.

Here are some frequently asked questions about obtaining Planning permission:

Most building projects involving significant changes to a property or its surroundings will require planning permission. This can include adding an extension or outbuilding, making changes to the roof or exterior of a property, or carrying out certain types of landscaping work. However, some smaller projects may be exempt from planning permission requirements, so it’s always best to check with your local planning authority to determine what rules apply to your project.

In many cases, home extensions do require planning permission. However, there are some instances where a project may be covered under permitted development rights, which means that planning permission may not be required.

We will be able to advise you on this.

In some cases, loft conversions may require planning permission, while others may not. It depends on various factors, including the type of loft conversion, the size and location of the property, and the local planning regulations. Planning permission may be required if the loft conversion involves significant changes to the roof, the building’s overall appearance or if it exceeds specific size or height limits. However, if the conversion falls under the category of permitted development (i.e., minor alterations that do not require planning permission), then it may not be necessary to obtain planning permission.

If the property is in a conservation area or listed building, it will require planning approval.

Generally, no; however, In some cases, a garage conversion may require planning permission, while in others, it may not. The need for planning permission will depend on various factors, such as the type of garage conversion, the size and location of the property, and the local planning regulations. If the garage is part of a listed building located in a conservation area or the conversion involves significant changes to the building’s appearance, then planning permission may be required; however, if the garage conversion falls under permitted development (i.e., minor alterations that do not require planning permission). In that case, it may not be necessary to obtain planning permission.

In general, internal alterations to a building do not require planning permission, as they do not affect the external appearance of the building or its surrounding area. However, if the alterations involve changes to the use of the building, such as converting a commercial property into a residential one, then planning permission will be required.

If it is a listed building, then listed building consent & planning approval will be required.

The time it takes to obtain planning permission for a domestic building project can vary depending on the complexity of the project and the local planning authority. It can take a few weeks to several months to receive a decision.

The Scottish government has a target of 8 weeks.

Typically the fee for a householder application is £300.00

All planning fees are set by the Scottish Government and apply to all local authorities.

However, The cost of obtaining planning permission for a domestic building project can vary depending on the size and complexity.

You may also need to pay for additional reports or surveys.

Yes, it is possible to make changes to a planning application after it has been submitted. However, any changes may need to be resubmitted for approval, which can add time to the application process.

If your planning application is rejected, you can appeal the decision, make changes, and resubmit it for approval.

While hiring an architect to apply for planning permission is not strictly necessary, it can be beneficial to have a qualified professional guide you through the process and ensure that your application meets all necessary requirements.

Planners will consider a range of factors when reviewing planning applications, including the impact of the project on the local environment, the impact on neighboring properties, the design and layout of the project, and any potential safety concerns.

Yes, some exemptions or simplified planning processes for small domestic projects are covered under permitted development rights. These can include minor extensions and alterations and the installation of certain types of outdoor structures.


There may be some consequences of building without planning approval

Enforcement action: The local planning authority can issue an enforcement notice requiring removing any unauthorized development. This can be costly and time-consuming, and failure to comply can result in further legal action, including fines and imprisonment.


Difficulty selling the property: If unauthorized development has been carried out, it can be challenging to sell. The possibility of enforcement action may deter prospective buyers or may be unwilling to take on the responsibility of obtaining retrospective planning permission.


Reduction in property value: Unauthorized development can also reduce the property’s value, as potential buyers may be unwilling to pay a premium for a property with uncertain planning status.


Difficulty obtaining insurance: Insurance companies may be unwilling to cover unauthorized development, leaving the property owner vulnerable in the event of damage or loss.


Health and safety concerns: Building without planning approval can also result in health and safety concerns, as the development may not comply with building regulations or safety standards.


In summary, obtaining the necessary planning permission before carrying out any building work is always advisable to avoid the above consequences.

In Scotland, planning permission is usually valid for three years from the date granted. This means that building work must begin within three years of the date of the planning permission, otherwise, the permission will expire, and a new application will need to be submitted.

However, it is essential to note that planning permission can be subject to conditions or time limits set by the local planning authority. It is vital to comply with these conditions to avoid enforcement action.