When it comes to extending, you’ve probably run your project past everyone you can think of. Your partner, your parents, your kids, friends, co-workers… but have you thought about your planning officer?
Your planning officer is basically an extension of your local authority, and in case you didn’t know, they’re going to play a big role in your extension. In fact, they pretty much hold its fate in their hands. Here’s how...
What is a local authority?
A local authority is a Government body that works in your area to provide a range of vital services. They come in various branches: county councils, city councils, London boroughs, the list goes on!
For extending your home, you’ll be dealing with the planning department, who have to review all applications for home development, or creation. You won’t be able to start building until they give approval, and if you do start building before that point, you’ll potentially have to tear down what you’ve constructed, plus face some heavy fines.