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When you self build, you’ll have to apply to your local authority for planning permission.
The cost of submitting a planning application varies across the UK, but is currently £462 in England. However, the real cost of obtaining planning permission arguable comes from preparing the plans and documents (the design fees) in readiness for submission and any accompanying surveys (such as ecological surveys) that may be required.
You should find out when your local planning authority has approved your application after eight weeks — although more complex schemes can take longer.
All planning permission is granted with planning conditions attached. Failure to address the conditions will invalidate your consent, making any work done unlawful.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SELF BUILD?
How much profit could i make on a self build?
A self build project could make as much as 25% profit in the final value of the home in relation to the build costs.
On average, a self build house will cost somewhere between £1,000 and £3,000/m² to build.
You will also need to be aware of the factors that may cause your build costs to skyrocket, such as:
- Location: land prices and labour costs will vary across the country
- Size: the bigger the house, the more expensive it will be to build (although careful design can help achieve some economies of scale)
- Plan, shape and layout: the simplest and most cost-effective floorplan is square
- Number of storeys: multiple storeys make better use of the land and can reduce foundation and roof costs per m²
- Specification: if you want premium or non-standard products, expect your build costs to rise considerably
- Involvement: depending on how much of the work you are capable of taking on yourself, you can substantially reduce your build costs
SELF BUILD AND THE BUILDING REGULATIONS
All new homes need to adhere to the Building Regulations, and as such, a building inspector will visit at key stages of the build to inspect the work and ensure it complies. These stages include:
- excavation for the foundations
- pouring concrete for building foundations
- building the oversite
- building the damp-proof course
- a visit prior to completion
- a final visit on completion
FINDING THE RIGHT SELF BUILD TEAM
How to Build a Team for Your Self Build
You can establish contact with and line up a builder, main contractor, package company and/or subcontractors during the design and planning processes, but you won’t get an accurate quote for the work until your Building Regulations drawings have been finalised.
One of the best ways to find a builder and/or subcontractors is through word of mouth — ask your designer, friends, family or neighbours who’ve undertaken projects, and anyone else you know locally who’s built their own home, for recommendations.
Much like finding a designer, choosing a builder requires plenty of research. It’s best to meet with them to discuss your project and to ask them to quote (your designer can help you to prepare tender documents). It’s also a good idea to visit a project they’ve completed and to talk to previous clients.
The best builders and subcontractors will be booked up months in advance, so it pays to start your search as early as possible.