If your neighbour is building an extension, it’s important to understand your rights and permissions as a homeowner. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:
Planning permission: Homeowners must obtain planning permission from the local council before starting an extension. This process involves submitting plans and paying a fee. If the council grants planning permission, they may include conditions that must be met before construction can begin.
Building regulations: Even if planning permission is not required, building regulations must still be met. These regulations cover various aspects of construction, such as structural integrity and fire safety.
Party Wall Act: If your neighbour’s extension involves work on a party wall, they must follow the Party Wall Act. This act sets out procedures for notifying adjacent property owners of the work and resolving any disputes that may arise.