Planning permission but no building warrant

Planning permission but no building warrant

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert Dating back about 20 years, the previous owners applied to convert an outbuilding to an office. This conversion took place but, it seems, a building warrant was never applied for. We have no documentation for plans or specs. How can we we get a retrospective building warrant? What is the process?

Many thanks
Question Posted By – Jim Holland In Area – Dumfries & Galloway
This question has been asked in a Scottish region any response below will be specific to Scottish Planning Permission or Building Regulation advice.

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission09-07-2016

    Hello Jim.

    Is this an out building that is within the boundary of a dwelling? If it is and it is under 8 square metres you may not require a building warrant.

    If it does you can apply for warrant in retrospect this process can vary by council and I would recommend starting with a chat with your local building control department.

    It is likely they will ask for a set of plans and details of the construction used, this may involve some investigation works. They may also ask for an engineers report to confirm suitability of the structure. You would then submit this to the council together with their application form where it would ask questions about if the works have taken place etc…

    You should also try and provide detail and possibly proof of when the work was carried out. Building regulations have changed massively over the past few years it is unlikely your building will meet current building regulation they may look at what regulations applied at the time it was converted.

    You will also have to pay a fee to the council this is normally 125% of the normal fee if you were building it now.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission.

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