As a homeowner, it’s crucial to understand your rights and permissions if your neighbour is building an extension. Below are a few key points to keep in mind:
Planning Permission: Homeowners must get planning permission from their local council before beginning construction. This process involves submitting plans and paying a fee. If the council approves the planning permission, they may impose conditions that must be met before construction can begin.
Building Regulations: Even if planning permission is not required, the construction must still meet building regulations. These regulations cover various aspects of construction, including structural integrity and fire safety.
Party Wall Act: If your neighbour’s extension involves work on a shared 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.