Process, Timescales & Fees
Following an initial meeting to discuss what you would like to achieve, a detailed survey is carried out from which scaled drawings are produced which form the basis of the design proposal. We endeavour to carry out a survey in 5 - 10 working days of receiving confirmation that you would like to proceed.
Existing and draft proposed drawings are produced and forwarded to you. If you have any queries or would like any changes made to the scheme, we will arrange a meeting to discuss the draft plans in more detail. Amendments to the scheme can be made until the final drawings are approved by you.
If a planning application is required, we will prepare the plans and other documentation necessary to submit the application. For a typical householder application this will include OS site location plans, planning, design & sustainability statements, floor plans, elevations, sections, roof plan and block plan. This list is not exhaustive and additional information may be required depending on the site location and type of application. Most householder applications are straightforward and planning approval generally takes 8 - 12 weeks.
Once planning approval is granted, we will prepare the plans and specification necessary for submission of the Building Control application. The majority of building works require building control approval even if the proposal is permitted development (i.e. does not require planning permission). The building control application includes all the construction and materials details required to show compliance with current Building Regulations and to enable a contractor to tender for the works.
Building Control approval generally takes 3 - 6 weeks. The BC Inspector must be notified prior to work commencing and at specific stages during construction to enable him to assess the works, for which you will be charged an Inspection Fee directly by the BC Department.
We will provide an estimate of the fee for your project following the initial consultation.
Architectural services are charged by the hour. VAT is not applicable.