Underpinning work necessitates meticulous preparation and execution. If you want to underlie an existing foundation, building rules permission is usually necessary. You should also get permission if you are going to lay any new material such as concrete or asphalt over the existing surface.
If you are underlining a home, you will need to meet with your local government office to discuss what type of work can be done without requiring approval from them. Some cities require that you open up floor joists to air-condition bedrooms or add interior wall support beams. Other tasks such as replacing windows or doors or adding insulation or heating/air conditioning systems may also require city approval. It is important to know these requirements before you begin work so there are no surprises when you send in your paperwork.
The good news is that most cities only ask for one meeting - often at the beginning of your project - to go over all the work that needs to be done on your property. They will review your plans with you and may have some suggestions about things they think you should do first. This is usually enough time to get everything approved.
If you are underlining a commercial building, however, you will need to obtain permission from both the city and county where it is located.
When you require approval
Before submitting a fully detailed project, applicants seeking outline planning clearance attempt to determine if the scale and character of a planned development will be acceptable to the local planning authority. This sort of planning application allows for the submission of less details regarding the idea. Applicants need to include information about what kind of development they want to submit and why it is suitable for their site. They also need to provide evidence that the proposal would not cause undue harm to the environment.
People who want to develop their property usually find it easier to get approval for major projects by applying for outline planning permission. This sort of planning application requires less detail than a full planning application but still gives the planning authority enough information to decide whether to grant consent for the project. The applicant can then proceed to complete the full application once they have received notification from the authority that their outline application has been approved.
Outline applications are useful when you do not know exactly how your development will look like or where you will put everything yet. For example, an owner may want to create a small garden shed on their own land without having to go through the process of getting planning permission. They could easily submit an outline application and when they have found a location for their shed they could submit a completed application with more detail about its features.
When granted, outline permission was subject to additional approval of the "reserved matters"—the specifics of the plan itself. Because the procedure was so time-consuming, practically all self-builders now seek for Full Planning Consent at the outset. However, some older buildings may have been constructed with provisional consent, which means that they can be built as long as no objections are raised by either the local authority or any other parties.
Outline permission remains valid for five years. If it is not appealed within this period, then the building is legally permitted to be constructed as specified in the application.
An outline certificate is not sufficient by itself to permit you to build your home. You will also need full planning permission to proceed. If you are unsure about whether you require full planning permission, we recommend that you seek advice from an expert before starting work.
The cost of applying for planning permission depends on the size of the project and the location it is being applied for. The best place to find out how much planning permission will cost is at the beginning of your project. There are three main types of planning permission: development consent, temporary permissions and permanent permissions. A member of our team will be able to give you details on the costs of these different types of permission.
Before obtaining authorization, the vicinity to monuments, heritage sites, water bodies, oil or gas pipelines, and the height of the building are some of the issues examined. Your layout and building design must adhere to numerous authorities' norms and regulations. For example, buildings are required by law to be set back from roads and streets by no more than 200 meters (220 yards).
Building permits are issued by local authorities on a municipal or provincial level. Some cities may have their own building department while others may contract out this function. The type of jurisdiction that an authority is means how they define "building permit". For example, in Toronto there is a planning department and a community development division within it that both issue permits. In Vancouver there is only one body that issues permits -- the city's development office. Both municipalities use a grading system to determine how much work requires a permit. Generally, if the construction involves removing soil, changes in elevation greater than 4 inches (10 cm), or adds materials that will become the main load-bearing component of the structure, then a permit is required.
Obtaining building permits can be time-consuming and expensive. Factors such as size of project, number of stories, location of property, etc. will determine how long it takes to obtain a permit. If an error is made on any application form, additional fees may apply when correcting it.