What Regulations Apply to Self-Build Properties?

So you have designed the perfect home, or had an architect do it for you.  The planning permissions is in place and you are ready to get started.  But this isn’t the end of the regulations that you need to be aware of when building your own home because there are the building regulations that need to be complied with.  But what are they and what do they affect? Building Regulations Building regulations are a series of rules that apply to the different elements of a house.  They also apply to an extension be added to an existing property, underpinning of a house and even some changes in use, such as converting a barn to a home.  The only things that building regulations don’t apply to are single storey buildings less than 15 sq. metres in length that have no sleeping accommodation or to a … [Read more...]

Great news as self builders exempt from CIL tax

In what is a huge boost for people looking to build their own home, the government today has finally announced that the dreaded Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL tax) has been scrapped for self builders. With this news it is thought some 3000 homes in the UK that were in limbo, will now go ahead. This is a extremely positive move to help people looking to have a self build or custom build house in future. The CIL tax - which stands for community infrastructure levy, has been a thorn in the backside of self builders for the past few years. For example, if a self builder had wished to build a 4 bedroom house of 200 square metres, it would have cost them £20,000 should a council have imposed a £100 per square metre levy on residential developments. The relief from the community … [Read more...]