Important considerations

Consider your neighbours

Keeping your neighbours informed in any building plans that may cause disruption will help to keep good relations and may reduce the chance of objections to your planning application. Your neighbours may also know about local issues that could help you save time and money.

When building, let neighbours know when works will take place and when more disruptive work will happen. Agree with your builder where contractor and delivery vehicles can park to minimise disturbance to neighbours.

Check your insurance

We recommend applying for renovation insurance when proceeding with building works, or checking if your current home insurance policy covers this. Renovation insurance can cover you if materials are stolen, public liability in case of an accident, or protection if the building is remain unoccupied during works. 

Some insurance providers will consider your policy invalid if you do not notify them of renovation or building works. Please check with your provider before proceeding. 

Find a reputable builder

A reputable builder can save you the hassle of substandard building works and costly repairs. The below resources will help you to look for builders or consultants. 

Research related permissions and consents

Use the Planning Portal to find out about legislation and permissions including the Party Wall Act 1996.

Most conversion projects will also require building regulations consent, which is also outlined on the Planning Portal. Please contact North Somerset Building Control for more information.

We always recommend you get professional help when you are in any doubt about if you need any of the above, or how regulations apply to your project. 

Plan for changes

If we grant planning permission you must build in line with the approved plans and obey any conditions. If you don’t, we can take enforcement action.

If something comes up during building and you want to change your plans, you must tell us before carrying on with work. Changes to your approved plans may not be legal to requirement or may need a new application. 

Please see our guidance on changing your application for further information. 

Please note, failure to notify us of changes to your project after planning permission has been granted can result in a breach of permission and legal action.