Planning Permission or Building Warrant before purchasing a property
You’ve found the ideal location but the property needs updating or you need to add an extension, loft conversion or conservatory to make it your perfect home.
Buying a new home can be a long drawn out process by the time all the important legal bits are put in place and an agreement is made on a moving date it could potentially be months till it’s officially yours. But what if your desperate to get started with your home improvement project as soon as you get the keys?
Planning permission and building warrant can take between 2 to 4 months to get approval. The sooner you apply the quicker you would be able to start work.
“Can I make a planning or building warrant applications before I even own the property?”
The simple answer is yes.
Anyone can apply for planning permission or building warrant on a property even if you don’t own the building or land yet.
You will have to notify the current owner and provide details of the current owner as part of the planning or building warrant application process.
We recommend letting the current owners know you want to apply to make changes. It’s likely you will need to get some access for an architect or designer to come and measure up the existing property to allow them to draw plans.
Remember planning permission and building warrant applications will have fees associated with them which can range from a few hundred to thousands of pounds depending on your particular project. Make sure you are fully committed to purchasing the property before spending money on the application.
Check your proposed home improvement project will fit into you budget. Try one of our home improvement quote services below to find out what your project might cost.