Thinking of adding an extension? Or perhaps you want to convert a loft into an additional room? There are many ways we can increase the amount of available space in our homes. To ensure you do it safely and without impacting your neighbours or the local wildlife negatively, there are times when you will need to seek planning permission from the local council to carry out the work. This is done through the planning application process.

When applying for planning permission you will need to submit a variety of documents, including plans of the work you are seeking to undertake.

How can a building surveyor can help with a planning application?

Whether you are planning a new development or improvements to your home you are likely to require planning permission before starting work. While Planning Applications can be submitted by anyone, the planning process can be fairly complex and, depending on the type of building work to be undertaken, may require surveys to be undertaken.

If you are uncertain whether you need to apply for planning permission or need any surveys, our team of Chartered Surveyors are on-hand to offer expert advice. Contact us to speak to a member of our team.

The type of survey that is needed will vary depending on the planning application in question. Surveys that may be needed include:

  • Ecological or Arboricultural Survey to determine whether the planning application will have a negative impact on wildlife and trees
  • Structural Survey to ensure that existing buildings can support any additional structures
  • Right to Light Survey to ensure any planned building or extension does not block anyone’s Right to Light

Surveys carried out by our Chartered Surveyors will also ensure your planning application does not affect any Party Walls or encroach on neighbouring properties which could result in a boundary dispute.

How AWH can help

Our team of Chartered Surveyors have assisted in countless successful planning applications over the years, carrying out the necessary surveys and supporting clients throughout the entire process. Drawing on their extensive knowledge and experience, our Chartered Surveyors will ensure that your planned works are compliant with current building and fire safety regulations.

Want some advice before starting a planning application? Complete the enquiry form below and one of our dedicated experts will get back to you as quickly as possible. Alternatively, please call 0800 051 5571 or email


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