Outline Planning Permission or Full Planning Permission?

When you plan to build a new home or structure, one of the first things you need to do is get planning permission with the local government authority. Just because you own a piece of land, it doesn’t mean you can just build anything that you want on there. You must have a plan in place for the exact design of the structure that you want to build.

Once you have a design laid out, you must present it to the local authority for approval. If they approve the design, then you have planning permission to construct it. Sometimes a piece of land may already have planning permission for a particular type of structure. But if there is no planning permission on it, then you must seek permission from the local authority.

When you apply for planning consent from the local authority, there are two types of consent you can seek. There is outline planning permission or full planning permission. If you’re new to building a home, then you’re probably confused about which type of consent you need to apply for.

Let’s go over each one now.

Outline Planning Permission

Outline planning permission is usually the first type of consent that you’ll need to have. The upside is that you don’t need to include as many details in your outline plan. It basically serves as an overview of the type of structure you want to build and the overall purpose it will serve for the property.

The local authority will review your outline plan and determine whether your proposed design is suitable for your property and its surrounding environment. This will let you know one way or the other if you have any chance of developing your structure there. If the local authority approves the outline permission, then the principle of the development has been established.

Full Planning Permission

The full planning permission comes after the outline planning permission. This is where you seek permission for the more specific features and elements of your structure, such as its layout, style, elevation, drainage, size, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, construction materials, and so on. Basically, all the details pertaining to your planned structure are presented. If you get approval for full permission, then you can take the appropriate steps to start the construction process.

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