26 Sep 2023 - Internal Doors

When to get planning permission for a self-build

The moment you begin to dream of your own self-built home, you’re met with a series of processes and regulations to consider. Among the myriad joyful decisions to make - interior trends, architectural choices, tailoring details to your one-of-a-kind style - there’s one critical aspect that can drive the trajectory of your dreams coming to fruition - planning permission.

A timely approach to seeking planning permission can help you address any potential challenges or pitfalls that can ultimately lead to delays. Here, we outline the most appropriate timings, key considerations, and guidelines to ensure a smooth and successful project. 

Schedule your project meticulously

A well-defined schedule will set you on the right path to timing your planning permission application perfectly. Approaching an architect is the first step in doing this - they’ will help guide you through expected project milestones to ensure you have ample time for applications. This stage will also give you a smoother interaction with local authorities - a good architect will ensure your application is compelling and comprehensive, before you plough funds into intricate designs.

Apply before setting budgets

Getting planning permission before finalising your project’s finances is a smart move - giving you plenty of time to ensure your plans are feasible and that no major obstacles can impact your schedule or budget. Planning authorities might even ask you for financial information as part of your planning application, so providing this can demonstrate preparedness. And this way, you can also make sure you don’t overcommit to project elements that might strain you financially - it’s always best to be realistic.

Keep communications open

Clear and consistent dialogue with regulatory bodies can help avoid complications such as unforeseen delays and project rejections. Scour the fine print in project details and documentation, and foster collaboration with authorities and stakeholders through open discussions, seeking guidance, taking on feedback and adjustments, and addressing concerns. This all ensures a smoother path to a successful planning permission process, and your dream home.

Consider environmental and ecological factors

To elevate your chances of planning permission being approved, embrace eco-conscious designs, such as properties built to passive house standards. Self-built homes are best when they integrate seamlessly with their environment - having these factors in your proposal can help garner favour with local authorities and communities, but you may need to account for the time required for these assessments before submitting your application.

Remember that each project is unique, so timing planning permission applications will differ for every self-builder. It can depend on the complexity of your project, local regulations, and specific circumstances, but planning ahead, engaging with professionals, and understanding local regulations will put you in a promising position for a smooth self-build journey.

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