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5 Things to consider as you seek Planning Permission for Basements

As the numbers of homeowners that are opting to convert their basements into more living space continue to rise, the issue of planning permission is also becoming a key issue in such cases. Basement conversions provide homeowners with the opportunity to achieve more space that can be utilized as guest space, storage or utility rooms. The process of conversion begins with submitting a planning application however, the process can be challenging and that’s why you should consider working with a professional architect.

Working with a professional architect will help you with navigating the process of seeking planning permission and what you can opt to do in case the application fails. Here are some of the things to be aware of as you seek for planning permission for your basements;


Not all of the projects require planning permission

Before you apply for planning permission, it’s important to note that not all of the building work requires planning permission. There are projects that can be undertaken without seeking for planning application and that’s why working with an architect is very important. Apart from contacting the planning authority for planning permission for basements; you should engage an expert architect for more insight on what’s ideal for your project.


You can outsource planning application

If your basement project require planning application, it’s also important to note that you can outsource the task instead of having to do it all by yourself. You can enlist the services of an architect or architectural designer who has in depth understanding of basements work and can help with working on your planning application. The architect that you engage will be able to draw up the plans that should be used for making the application and will also be willing to handle the planning application on your behalf.


There are different types of permission

Before you apply for planning permission for basements; it’s important to note that the type of planning permission that you need is also dependent on the project at hand. The permission that you may need to work on your basements is quite different from that you may get when working on your residential extension. Working with an expert architect or custom home designer can help with ensuring that the right procedure is followed when applying for planning permission for basements.


You may be required to submit plans as part of your application

Most planning applications for basement may require that you also submit two more plans as supporting documents. You might be asked to submit a location plan that shows the site alongside the surrounding area. You may also be asked to submit the site plan. You may also be asked for some mandatory documents and that’s why engaging a custom home designer to help with the process is vital.


Decision process may take time

Before you submit your planning permission for basements; it’s important to note that the decision making process may take time. The local authority’s planning department may take more time in checking whether they have all of the information that they need. By engaging a professional architect, you will be able to gain insight on how to correctly handle every process and that makes it all to turn out well.



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