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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need planning permission? Whether you need planning permission depends on the specific nature of your project. In many cases, minor alterations or renovations to your property might fall under the scope of permitted development rights, meaning you won’t need to seek formal planning permission. However, larger-scale changes, such as significant extensions or structural modifications, typically do require planning permission.

Do I need planning permission for a porch? Typically, no. Provided the porch complies with specific requirements, it can fall under permitted development.

What size extension can I build without Planning Permission? For an extension to fall under permitted development, it needs to be under 6 metres and a single storey. Anything larger will need to be submitted as a planning application.

Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion? Typically, loft conversions fall under permitted development, but this is subject to specific limits and conditions.

Do you need planning permission to add a window? In most cases, you will not need planning permission to add a new window, however there may be circumstances where this is not the case. For example, bay windows may be classed as an extension.

How high can a fence be without Planning Permission? There are a few cases when a fence will need planning permission. The first is if you’re building a new fence over 2 metres high, or 1 metre if it is adjacent to a road.

What is Permitted Development? Permitted development is a scheme that has been created by the government that allows you to extend or renovate your home without the need for a full planning application. If it is minor changes, then permitted development is usually acceptable.

What does a structural engineer do? A structural engineer is a professional responsible for designing, assessing, and ensuring the safety and stability of various structures. Their primary role involves analysing the physical integrity of projects, calculating the stresses and forces that the structures can withstand, and determining suitable materials and construction methods to guarantee durability and safety. Structural engineers collaborate closely with architects and other professionals to create designs that meet both functional and aesthetic requirements while adhering to building codes and regulations.

What does an architect do? An architectural designer offers the same services as an architect. They are responsible for the design of any construction project and can provide drawings that are compliant with planning and building control.

What does a surveyor do? A building surveyor is responsible for advising clients on the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of buildings. A land surveyor measures and maps the shape of land, and gathers data for civil engineering and construction projects so that accurate site plans can be drawn.

What survey do I need when buying a house? EAP offers a few different options when it comes to Building Surveying. Level 2 Extended Property Purchase Survey – this survey is ideal when buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow and offers a detailed report on the condition of a property. Level 3 Extended Property Purchase Survey – this survey is ideal when buying an older property, or one that is listed or built in an unconventional way, and this offers more detailed report on the condition of a property, on a room by room basis. Structural Engineer’s Inspection – this survey is ideal for if you have concerns about the structural integrity of the building. If you are noticing cracking or damp or have areas of concern, this may be the best option.

Are we chartered? No, we are not chartered surveyors. We are an independent firm with a dedicated team of professionals committed to delivering high-quality services tailored to our clients’ specific needs. Our independence allows us to offer a flexible and personalised approach to every project, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible guidance and support. While we may not be chartered, our team boasts extensive experience and expertise in the field, guaranteeing reliable and comprehensive solutions for all your surveying requirements.

Who organises a survey when buying a house? The buyer generally organises the homebuyers survey. The survey will then tell you the state of repair the house is in.

How close can I build to my neighbours boundary? The party wall act allows you to build right up to the property boundary or on the boundary line, with your neighbours consent. Without a party wall agreement, you have to allow 3 metres from your neighbours boundary for your building.

Can a neighbour refuse a party wall agreement? Yes, they can. When you issue notice, they have 14 days to respond, in which they can either consent or refuse. If they refuse, this causes a dispute. If you can’t agree with your neighbour, a party wall surveyor can step in and issue a Party Wall Award.

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