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WHEN YOU MOVE YOU
HAVE TO PAY STAMP
DUTY, SO YOU MIGHT
FIND YOU COULD
BUILD YOURSELF A
FOR THE SAME
Visit eplanning.scot for planning
rules in Scotland and planningni.
gov.uk for Northern Ireland.
You also won't need planning
permission for most double height
extensions, provided they are
completed before the end of May
2019. To avoid requiring planning
permission, your extension must
be no closer than 7m to your rear
boundary. Also, the pitch of the roof
should match the existing house and
the materials used must be similar in
Extensions with a veranda or
balcony will require planning
permission. If in any doubt, consult
your Local Planning Authority (LPA)
before you get going.
HOW LONG DOES
Planning applications usually take
around eight weeks to pass through
the system. If you do need planning
consent, check with your LPA how
long your application is likely to take
at the outset, to give you a better idea
of when you might be able to start.
WILL I NEED
It's not essential to employ an
architect when planning an
extension, but it's a good idea to hire
one to carry out a feasibility study
and draw up professional plans. In
fact, your builder could well insist on
this before taking on your project.
An architect can also advise on
whether you will need a party wall
agreement (see following page), help
you achieve the best use of your new
space and work out whether service
pipes, such as drains, will need to be
repositioned or installed.
SHOULD I TELL MY
While, in most cases, it isn't
absolutely necessary to inform
neighbours of your plans, keeping
them in the loop is a good idea.
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