Permitted Development

Sometimes our clients come to us and say that they believe their extension is permitted development. 

Permitted development rights are a government scheme that entitles some homeowners to expand their home without the need for planning permission. However, certain conditions around the extension / conversion must be met in order to qualify. Permitted Development is a grey area and you should always get the opinion and advice of a ARB registered Architect to provide you with the best advice. At Smith Group, we are registered with both the ARB and RIBA. 

Should your project fall under permitted development, we can provide a design which adheres to the permitted development guidelines. We always strongly suggest getting what is called a ‘Lawful Development Certificate’, this certificate essentially shows to the local authority, neighbours and future buyers that the works are ‘lawful’.  This allows you to have confidence when commencing on site.