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Planning permission

After securing a plot, you’ll need to apply for planning permission for your new home.

It’s a good idea to get a general understanding of the planning process and what’s needed at this initial stage. This will help you know what to expect, and give you a clear idea of how to prepare before you submit your application. Planning applications can take many months to complete from first submission to the final decision, so you’ll want to do what you can to get it right the first time.

Depending on the area you’ve chosen to build in, and your designs, you may find you can’t get planning permission to build exactly what you want. It’s a good idea to speak to the Local Planning Authority before you get too far into the design process, so that you know all about any existing policies and restrictions beforehand. You’ll also need to be prepared to revise your designs if there are any conflicts.

Employing a reputable architect or building designer to draw up your plans is a good way to help ensure your application isn’t held up or rejected for technical reasons.

At the NSBRC we run regular free personal consultations with RIBA certified architects, where you can get expert advice on self building your own home.

These sessions are ideal if you have questions about the planning and design process.

Find out more and book your appointment here.

Top tip: We have independent planning experts on hand, offering free 1:2:1 consultations and expert seminars, at our next National Self Build & Renovation Show. Book your free tickets now.

Before you Build your Home…Build your Knowledge with the NSBRC!


If you are contemplating building your dream home, or planning to improve your existing home, why not attend one of our NSBRC Training Courses first to build your knowledge and confidence?

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