Since lockdown and the increase in volumes of people working from home, we have seen a huge increase in demand for 'Garden Offices'. 


A garden building for whatever purpose (office, gym, music studio) can be a great way to provide additional functional space, without sacrificing valuable living space within your home. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, with anything from just simple lighting to full plumbing and waste facilities for a shower room & toilet.

Whether you fancy a garden gym or need quiet office space to enable you to keep working in the 'new normal', it's likely you'll need plans to satisfy Building Control and possibly Planning and also to make sure your builder understands your vision.

Regardless AMZAK will give you everything you need to satisfy Planning, Building Regulations and your builder.

Planning/Permitted Development Drawings

Dependent on what you want from your extension, you will either need Planning Permission from your Local Authority, or you will be able to proceed with your project under 'Permitted Development' rights.

Permitted Development rights mean you don't have to apply for full Planning Permission, however, even if you don't need Planning Permission, it's a good idea to get a Lawful Development Certificate. This certificate from your Local Authority confirms you don't need Planning Permission and aren't breaking any rules by proceeding under Permitted Development rights. It's also really beneficial if you ever choose to sell your house. 

To apply for a Lawful Development Certificate you will need exactly the same drawings as if you were applying for Planning Permission.

More information on Permitted Development rights and Planning Permission, can be found HERE at the Planning Portal. There's also a useful tool HERE with more information.


Building Regulations Drawings

Regardless of whether your extension needs Planning Permission or not, you will almost certainly need approval from your Local Authority's Building Control. 

Although there a a cost associated with this  process, it's well worth it. Your Building Inspector will visit your home at key stages throughout the build process and check the work done by your builder, before allowing them to continue. This should give you the peace of mind of knowing that your builder's work is up to standard.

Building Regulations are more detailed than those required for obtaining Planning Permission. They include all plan views, elevations and sections required to gain Full Plans Building Control approval. They also include a detailed specification and building notes.


As your Building Regulations drawings will be produced by us and submitted to Building Control for approval prior to your  build starting, you'll know that your project is fully compliant and that your builder has a detailed set of instructions to work from.