New Builds will have to be applied for under Full Planning Permission. This application takes 8 weeks for the council to make their decision and costs £385 per new build.
All new build projects, regardless of the application will require Building Control. This mandatory service is the inspection of building works and ensures that the build complied with current (UK) Building Regulations. This service can be completed privately or with the local authority.
Another mandatory test that must be carried out is Air Permeability. This test will analyse the amount of air that leaks throughout the building. This test would be carried out by a company that specialises in building energy.
Additionally, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be required. This certificate simply gives the building an energy rating and can give a rough indication as to how much will need to be spent to “run” the building.
When applying for these applications, there are a list of other additional works that may need to be carried out.