DH Drawings are here to take the stress out of your design process and applications with the local authority.
We will meet with you for an initial design consultation, arrange a time to carry out a survey of your property and produce all of the necessary plans required for planning and building regulations consent.
When the designs are finalised, we act as your agents, submitting the plans and application forms to the relevant local authorities on your behalf. Our fees include any minor amendments to the drawings that may be required during the planning and building regulations processes.
A typical planning application will take 8 weeks to process once it is validated by the council. Validation occurs when the planning department has all of the necessary plans, surveys and reports associated with the application along with the council’s planning fee.
The level of detail required for a planning application is determined by a number of factors. Your property may be in a conservation area or you may live in a listed building. Ecological factors can also influence what the planning department requires.
DH Drawings work with trusted local companies that are able to carry out Bat Risk Assessments and Bat Surveys, Mining Reports, Tree Reports, Acoustic Surveys, Contaminated Land Desk Top Studies as well as issues relating to The Great Crested Newt. A quote for any third party service would be obtained and approval sought from our client’s prior to us commissioning the work.
All fees to local authorities and third party companies are paid direct by our clients.
A typical building regulations application can take 3-5 weeks to process once the building control department have the required plans, reports and their fee has been paid.
Similar to the planning process you may need reports from third party companies at the building regulations stage. These could include Structural Calculations, SAP Calculations and Water Usage Calculations. Advice would be given at the initial design meeting as to what we think you would need.
Our plans will include all of the necessary technical details and notes to allow building control to process the application and issue a ‘conditional approval’ letter. Once this letter is issued you are ready to start the work on site.
Building Control fees are split in two. The initial fee is payable when we issue the application on your behalf. The second fee or Inspection Fee is payable shortly after work starts on site. This fee varies depending on the size of project and work being carried out.
For an up to date list of planning and building regulations fees you can visit your local authorities website or alternatively contact us for more information.