Most projects that we work on require both Planning approval and a Building warrant.
However, some projects may only require a Building Warrant.
The process outlined below is for a residential project, taking into account obtaining planning permission and a building warrant, can generally be broken down into the following stages:
We exchange emails and set up an initial consultation. The client will generally provide some information regarding their project and send over some photos, floorplans, or general information, either by email or WhatsApp.
We will also do some research, checking Google Street View and an internet search of the property.
We have an initial free consultation either by phone call or a Zoom call when we discuss your proposed project in further detail. At this stage, we will be able to advise on the feasibility of the project.
On the back of this call, we will send a comprehensive email over to you detailing the fees and workflow, etc. If you wish to proceed on that basis we will issue a formal fee quote.
The next step is to carry out a site visit. We will arrange a suitable time to carry this out.
Site Visit/Pre-Design Stage:
At this stage, we will meet with you at your property to discuss your requirements and find out if you have had any further thoughts on the project since we last spoke.
We carry out a measured survey of the property.
Armed with the information gleaned from our site visit and further discussions with you we will proceed to the design stage. We will prepare a design proposal, including sketches, drawings, and 3D visualizations (where applicable).
This initial design will be presented to you, we go back and forth until you are happy with the design.
Planning Permission Stage:
Once the design is approved by the client, we will submit a planning application to the local planning authority. This will involve providing a detailed planning application and responding to any queries or requests for further information from the planning authority.
The time frame for this stage can vary, but it typically takes around eight weeks to obtain planning permission.
Building Warrant Stage:
With planning permission granted, We will prepare detailed drawings and specifications required for the building warrant application.
The building warrant application will be submitted to the local authority building standards department. This will involve providing detailed plans and drawings and a range of technical information, such as structural calculations, fire safety plans, and energy efficiency calculations.
The time frame for this stage can vary (depending on the type of project), but it typically takes around 12 weeks to obtain a building warrant.
Once planning permission and a building warrant have been granted, we can prepare a tender package for contractors. This will include the approved building warrant drawings.
We can assist you in selecting a contractor and negotiating the contract.
With the contractor appointed, the construction stage can begin.
We Can assist you with the administrative duties during the construction stage as well as site inspections
Upon completion of the construction work, we will submit a completion application, the local authority Building standards officer will then arrange a suitable time for a final inspection and certify that the work has been carried out in accordance with the building warrant and design.
Steps 7-9 assume that we have been hired to provide our Construction Assistance Package (™)
If we have not been hired to do this then only steps 1-6 will Apply