So keeping on a similar theme to the last few weeks, I wanted to go through some regulations with you in terms of extensions. What you can and cannot do!
Building an extension is a big decision and there can be a lot of red tape associated with it, particularly if you are planning a large extension, as this will have to be sent to the planning department for approval.
However, there are some instances that you may not need to go down the road of planning applications:
– You can build an extension to the rear of your house, once it is no larger than 40 square metres and is no higher than your existing house. You also have to be careful that you leave at least 25 sq metres of open space at the back of your house.
– However, if your house has been extended before, you need to be careful. The floor area of the extension you are now proposing and the floor area of any previous extension must not exceed 40 square metres. If they do you will have to seek planning permission.
– If you are planning to convert your garage into a domestic dwelling, whether it is at the side of the house or at the rear of the house, then the same rules apply. You just need to stay within 40sq metres.
– If you are considering building a porch, you will not need to apply for planning once it does not exceed 2sq metres. It also needs to be more than 2 metres from a public road or footpathand the height must not exceed 4 metres high for a pitched roof and 3 metres high for any other type of roof.
– As these are only guidelines, make sure that you check with you local authority before proceeding with any work.
There is a lot of information out there, so be sure to seek the advice of a professional before with proceed with any of the work.
The Think Contemporary Team.