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Find your local planning authority

Helping you find your local planning authority. We're the UK's first online architectural practice.

Do you need planning permission?

Planning permission is the process by which your local authority approves or refuses your building project. You provide drawings of your proposed plans and your council makes a decision based on your property’s history, area planning policy and any local restrictions.

If you’re only making minor alterations to your home, it’s possible that you will already be covered by a type of general planning permission called Permitted Development.

In the last 30 days, we’ve got 103 planning applications approved.

Whole house Internal alteration

Tarquah, RG4 9EN

24 May '24

Whole house Facade alteration

Beaconsfield Road, BR1 2BL

03 May '24

Loft Hip to gable with main dormer

Merton Road , IG3 8PB

16 May '24

Ground floor Rear

scholars place, KT12 3FE

30 Apr '24

First floor Internal alteration

Maple Drive, RH15 8DJ

13 May '24

Ground floor Side and rear

Ashurst Road, KT20 5EU

02 May '24

Loft Main dormer

Station Road, DA1 3QQ

14 May '24

Ground floor Side and rear

Ashurst Road, KT20 5EU

02 May '24

Ground floor Side

Larchwood Road, SE9 3SF

10 May '24

Ground floor Side and rear

Blenheim Crescent, CR2 6BQ

16 May '24

Ground floor Rear

Randolph Road, BR2 8PU

23 May '24

Whole house Internal alteration

Woodside Road, WD25 0LB

09 May '24

Ground floor Rear

cuttsfield terrace , HP1 2AW

14 May '24

Ground floor Rear

Burwood Road, NN3 2LS

01 May '24

Loft Main dormer

Crossthwaite Avenue, SE5 8ET

09 May '24

Ground floor Rear

Woodland Drive , MK43 8LA

20 May '24

The above are all actual Resi projects. Projects have been anonymised in accordance with GDPR data regulations

Can I use Permitted Development rights?

Permitted development rights mean you may be able to extend or renovate without the need for a full planning application.

Where in the UK do you live?

Everything you'll need to complete your project

Resi is an all-in-one home improvement platform, powered by over a hundred in-house residential experts. Select the services you need and start your build with confidence.

Resi Design

On-site 3D measured survey

Existing drawings

Proposed designs

Planning applications

Permitted Development

Building Regulations drawings

Resi Connect

Approved building inspectors

CCTV Drainage surveyors

Party Wall surveyors

Structural engineers

Local building contractors

Interior designers

Resi Finance

Mortgage brokering

Further advances

Specialist homeowner loans

Project insurance

Financial protection

Introducing our Dashboard...

Alongside having the best home experts, we’ve created a unique online platform that helps you manage your project and reach our team when you need them most.

Live drawing

Watch your designs come to life in real-time with our screen-share feature. Simply have a laptop / desktop to hand and our design team will customise your floorplans, right then and there.

Project manage



What project are you working on?

Select an option to view our range of tools and services

Extending our home

Loft conversion

Home renovation

New build project


What does Resi offer?

Resi brings together all the architectural services you’ll need to get ready to build.

These include…

  1. Finance
  2. Measured surveys
  3. Home design
  4. 3D models and interactive walkthroughs
  5. Planning submission
  6. Party wall surveys
  7. Structural engineering
  8. Building regulations

At Resi, our mission is to help you grow your home with confidence. Our Connect service introduces you to vetted contractors who can help bring your designs to life during construction. We vet contractors by assessing them against a range of criteria amongst which are: whether or not they are Trustmark or FMB affiliated, whether they have the relevant insurances in place; an assessment of their past work; meeting minimum financial standards; and finally, references from both previous customers and trade.

We’re the perfect starting point for any homeowner looking to dramatically transform their property. Taking you step by step through all the nitty gritty of planning, while still allowing you the freedom to design a space perfectly suited to your home’s needs.

All this is facilitated by our online platform, which allows you to manage everything in one easy to use place. You’ll be able to submit your home details, view perspective designs, and chat to your architect - all from the from comfort of your own home.

Put simply: Resi offers all the benefits of architecture, with none of the headaches.

Why would I use Resi?

We recommend using our services if you’re considering any major home project, such as an extension, conversion, significant renovation, or new build.

Working with an architectural service has a number of benefits.

  1. Better design
  2. Better utilisation of space
  3. Increased chance of planning approval
  4. More protection from bad practices

To name just a few!

Of course, we’re more than just an architectural service. Our all-in-one platform brings together everything you need to get your ideas ready for the construction site. Alongside design and planning, this includes surveying, building regulations, financing, and introductions to local professionals.

Our Dashboard will make sure you stay up to date with each new development, while also allowing you to reach our team with any questions you might have. You can review documents, submit revision notes, assess local contractors, and even explore your financing options. Ultimately, thanks to Resi, there’s never been a more joyful way to grow your home.

How much does an architect cost in the UK?

The cost of an architect varies. When it comes to traditional architecture practices, the industry typically recommends you work out the cost of your architect based on a percentage of your total budget.

On average, a traditional practice will charge between 5% - 10%.

For example, let’s say you’re building a classic rear extension in London and it’s expected your project will cost around £75,000 overall. If you’re using a traditional practice, you’ll need to budget between £3750 and £7500 for your architect.

If your architect isn’t using a percentage model, then they might be charging you by the hour. On average, this can be anywhere between £75 - £200 per hour. How many hours your project will need will depend on both the size and complexity.

Want to know the cost of Resi’s architectural services? Try our quick quote tool.

Can I design my own house without an architect?

There’s no legal requirement to have an architect by your side. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seriously consider hiring one. For any major project, such as extension, extensive renovation, or new build, an architect can help you get the most out of your project, ensure it meets all legal requirements, advise on budgets and contractors, plus much more.

Should I hire an architect or engineer?

Structural engineers are a different kettle of fish to architects. Where architects can cover a wide range of services, structural engineers tend to specialise in only a few key areas - namely, making your house stand up. Structural engineers are mainly needed if you’re doing anything that might affect the structure of your home. Be this a rear extension, dormer loft conversion, or even removing a chimney. Typically during the building regulations stage, your structural engineer will calculate the weight of your proposed structure, and specify key elements such as steel beams.

In contrast, an architect can cover...

  • Design and architectural drawings
  • 3D models
  • Planning submission
  • Building regulations
  • Contractor recommendations
  • Site visits
  • How do I find a good architect?

    Finding an architect can be done in minutes but finding a GOOD architect can take work. When considering any architect, we always recommend you take the time to have a consultation with their team. You should then take a look at their portfolio and see if their work matches your requirements, as well as check to make sure they have experience of working with your local authority.

    A lot of homeowners get lured in by fancy awards, but unless you have the desire (and budget) for conceptual architectural design, you might be happier with an architect who works predominantly with everyday homeowners.

    And, of course, you should always pay close attention to customer reviews.

    Does an architect have to be RIBA registered?

    In order to design a home, an architect doesn’t necessarily need to be a RIBA registered architect and it doesn’t always guarantee the best results.

    At Resi, we're lucky to have RIBA architects on board, but we also have a whole host of other architects from different backgrounds who have a proven track record delivering great everyday homes. Since 2016, we’ve helped over 3000 homeowners nationwide and it is this experience, not a certificate, that makes us a fantastic service.

    Are architects worth the money?

    Put simply: yes! Architects are masters of their craft and can bring plenty of benefits to the home renovation process. By bringing one on board you will enjoy…

    A more beautiful and functional space. Architects can help ensure you maximise your space and customise the layout to the unique way your family lives, rather than just following the trends.

    Increased planning success. Architects come with years of experience, not only in design, but planning. Chances are they’ll have dealt with your local authority in the past, and know how to research your area. Meaning you’re far more likely to secure planning success with an architect, than without.

    Budget management. At Resi, our architects make sure you have a clear view of not only our charges, but of future professionals you’ll have to contract. We’ll advise on how much you’ll need for what, and when you’ll likely be parting with it. Not only that, our Resi Finance team can also help you explore your funding options and find the right route for your home.
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