Learn: Planning

AKA ‘Development Control’. Some say this is probably the worst part of the self-build process. It’s a long process, can throw up some unknowns and is usually considered a thoroughly painful experience. The fact is you have to go through it, and you have to play it by the book.

Depending upon where you are in the country you, your architect or the person acting as your agent may need to prepare additional documentation to fulfil local requirements as well as the standard planning forms, plans, elevations, site plan and location plan.

We don’t recommend you try this on your own unless you have experience of the process already – it’s not always straightforward.