Timescale would be individual to each project and current workload. However, based on a typical house extension, an appropriate timeframe allowance from appointment to starting construction may be around 6 to 7 months. This timescale assumes a builder would be available once Building Regulations is achieved. In reality, a good builder may have between 6 months to a year lead-in time and therefore this would extend this timescale significantly.
A time frame, where planning permission is granted without changes, is shown below:
Weeks 1-6 (Work Stages 1 & 2)
Survey carried out. Existing drawings drawn. Proposed options drawn. Meeting(s) with client to discuss proposals. Finalise option. Complete & submit planning drawings and application.
Weeks 7-14 (Work Stages 1 & 2)
Planning application reviewed by County Council (8 weeks).
Weeks 15-20 (Work Stages 3 & 4)
Building regulation drawings and notes completed. Building regulations application submitted.
Weeks 21-26 (Work Stages 3 & 4)
Building regulation information used to seek quotations from builders.
Building regulation submission reviewed by County Council Building Control (5 weeks).
Week 27 onwards
Building regulations approval received. Potentially start building – dependant on builder’s availability.
Construction periods vary depending on the scheme and builder, however allowing 12-16 weeks for a builder to complete a standard house extension is a typical construction time.