As a general rule, planning permission for your open plan layout is only necessary if:
- Your property is a listed building
- You’ll be removing a load-bearing wall, chimney or beam
- When your open plan layout significantly affects an escape route or fire exit
The Gov.uk website states that you’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:
- Build something new
- Make a major change to your building, e.g. build an extension
- Change the use of your building
Any open plan layout is looked at on a case-by-case basis. Building regulations and the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) can offer you guidance, as can your architect. We do recommend that you discuss your plans with them to clarify any permissions required before going ahead.
Who do I Approach to get Planning Permission?
You’ll need to get in touch with your local planning authority. They can provide advice, information and services. You can also apply directly for planning permission via their online site.
What Safety Regulations do I need to consider?
Depending on the work involved, and how escape routes in the event of a fire would be affected, it may be a legal requirement that a fire suppression system be installed. Your architect and the local authority can help offer you guidance.
Do I need to get Building Regulation Approval as well as Planning Permission?
Whatever the size, the majority of building projects need to comply with building regulations, even where planning permission isn’t required. If you’re unsure, a quick call to your local council’s building control team will clarify if it’s necessary. It’s worth noting that small extensions, knock-throughs and most home improvements will have building regulation requirements.