Is Planning Permission Needed?
Planning permission is often a topic avoided and is probably the biggest hurdle homeowners face when taking on home improvements. It is mainly needed when you want to build something new, make a significant change to a building (like adding a conservatory) or change the use of the premises. A good rule to go by is if you think something will affect your neighbours or the environment, seek advice from the planning authority through your local council.
With the use of open plan living becoming the norm, many people are looking to convert their floorplans to a more open style. Before taking a sledgehammer to your walls, it is always a good idea to invite a specialist to check for any supporting walls, electrical lines or plumbing that may be affected by your renovation. Planning permission is not usually required for this type of work unless undertaking work on a listed building.