Planning Building Warrant & Retrospective Consents

Planning and building control can often be confusing if it’s something you do not deal with on a day to day basis. That being said, AK architecture is here to offer you a free consultation and advice, so you don’t need to think about it.

Some projects may require both planning and building warrant while others may require building warrant or perhaps just planning.

Yes, it can be a bit of a minefield, depending on what sort of project you are looking to undertake, mass/scale, proximity to boundaries, overall height, if it’s situated within a conservation area, a listed building or structural work. There are many circumstances to consider.

Planning and building warrant are two separate consents and thus treated differently. Just because you have one doesn’t mean you don’t need the other. In some instances, they may be required together or individually. Yes, we know that probably doesn’t help, so far but hopefully below we will help you understand the difference.

Planning tends to consider all aspects relating to the external appearance size/scale, material choice and premises use. While building warrant relates to how building work should be carried out, to meet current building codes and regulation requirements. The Building Warrant application ensures that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the Building Regulations and associated legislation.

That being said there are some types of projects that could potentially fall under Householder Permitted Development Right and the guidance for this can be found here, or we are more than happy to discuss with you.

Anyway, now that’s out the way the point we were trying to make is, it can often be difficult to ascertain what consents are needed. More often than not we have many clients who have found this out when they are in the proceedings of selling their current property, and they don’t have the relevant consents in place. This often means that a percentage of the sale or a deduction is taken from the sale of the property until sorted.

Don’t worry its not the end of the world, the missing consents can be applied for retrospectively and we are more than happy to walk you through this process and advise what is required to get all relevant retrospective consents in place.

Thanks for reading.