Are you thinking about extending your home? Before diving into construction and getting the sledgehammer out, it’s crucial to consider a few key points and to check if you need planning permission for your extension.

You should start by checking your local council planning portal and reading the guidelines. If after reading you are still uncertain, you do have the option to submit a pre-planning application via the local authority website to seek guidance from a local authority planning advisor.

Do I need planning permission?

Certain types of minor changes can be made without the need for planning permission, under permitted development rights. A pre-planning application will confirm whether the work requires planning permission, or whether it falls under permitted development. Alternatively, an architect can assist if navigating the guidelines is daunting, or you’d prefer to seek expert advice.

Do I need building regulations for my extension?

Once you have obtained planning permission, or you are satisfied that the work would be considered permitted development, obtaining consent under Building Regulations is essential. These regulations are a set of safety standards mandated by law, ensuring that your building complies with necessary requirements. This process is a separate matter from planning and is compulsory when carrying out building works.                                

Do I need to check my deeds before planning an extension?

A critical matter often overlooked by homeowners wishing to extend is if the title of your property (the deed or document evidencing your ownership of the property) contains a covenant restricting or prohibiting an extension or alteration works. Neglecting such covenants could lead to halting construction or even dismantling the extension. This can also create havoc for future property sales, potentially resulting in delays, additional costs, or even the deal falling through.

Our property law team specialise in addressing these property title issues. Get in touch with our property law solicitors in Hampshire for expert assistance. Just ask for one of our conveyancing lawyers in Lymington or Lyndhurst, or email [email protected].

Speaking of extensions, did you know that we’ve recently expanded our services with a new office in Lyndhurst? With our solicitors in Lyndhurst, we can now provide an even better service to clients throughout the New Forest region.