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Building a property from scratch is bound by numerous regulatory issues. Regulation is essential to ensure that safety is maintained and that developments remain in keeping with the surrounding area. At every stage of building, you will have regulatory matters to deal with and overlooking these issues could be extremely costly in both time and cash.

Planning Permission
One of the first things that you have to deal with is planning permission. Planning permission is obtained either as outline or as full. Outline planning permission is simply tentative permission and suggests what could be obtained as full planning permission. Commonly, those selling land will obtain outline planning permission, beforehand, as this is a relatively quick process and does not require detailed plans. Once you have outline planning permission, you are in a position to make a full application with much more confidence, based on the outline plans, provided you are not too ambitious. For example, if the outline planning is for a three bedroom bungalow, submitting a full application for a five bedroom house is unlikely to be successful.

Full planning permission will require detailed plans that are drawn to scale. Generally, it is essential to seek the assistance of a specialist architect who not only understands the ramifications of property design, but is also aware of local planning restraints. Planning permission requires that building starts within five years of permission being granted. After five years, the permission becomes lapsed and a new application has to be submitted.

Building Regulations
Building regulations are an entirely separate issue to planning permission and must be obtained even on projects that do not require planning permission. Building regulations are administered by the local council and permission is granted to the property owner once the build has been completed and inspected. The inspection process is purely to determine whether the build has been carried out safely and in accordance with current guidelines. Many builders deal with the issue of building regulations as part of their role, but make sure that someone arranges for the inspections at the appropriate times. If you delay requesting an inspection, you may find that part of the construction work has to be removed to allow access, thus wasting time and money.

New Build Guarantees
It is possible to purchase a guarantee that covers the structure of the property. Almost every developer will provide a 10-year guarantee and it is generally assumed that a new build property will come with such a guarantee. Therefore, a suitable insurance policy should be obtained as soon as the property is complete to ensure that you have the best possible chance of selling the property.

Summary
Bullet Point Regulations will play a big part in the self-build process;
Bullet Point initially, planning permission has to be sought, although this may already have been obtained by the previous owner of the land in order to achieve a higher price for the land;
Bullet Point aside from planning permission, building regulations also have to be complied with and will require regular council inspections;
Bullet Point anyone looking to sell a new build should strongly consider purchasing a new build guarantee, as all potential purchasers will expect this type of guarantee..

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