Every roofing industry must understand and comply with the roof building standards set by the national building regulatory body as well as the local authorities. The regulations are standards for designing and building. These regulations may differ between different locations. The new constructions or those that involve alteration of roofing are supposed to make an application for planning permission to national planning regulatory body.
The Need for Planning Permission
Planning permission is one direct and easy way that the government can manage constructions. The main aim of this requirement is to ensure that safety standards are met. It’s the role of the government to ensure that all developments meet set standards. Various acts of the parliament are established and serve as the baseline for local authority planning regulatory body to create their regulation for different localities they serve.
When There’s No Need for Permissions
The requirement for planning permissions may be considerate of the size of roofing and the area of construction. Different locations may require slightly differentiated standards. For re-roofing, its required that roofing that brings changes with effects exceeding 15cm from the current roof must be permitted. Alterations that don’t exceed the top pint of the roofing do not need any permission.
Process of Applying for the Permissions
First, there is need to understand the procedures of applying for the permit as well as procedures to follow and the required data to include in your application. Today, the applications have gone through modernisation by use of an online portal. The application has been done manually for many years. Fortunately, after the introduction of the online portal, things have become easier.
The National Planning Portal requires industries to create accounts on its portal. Then they can submit the applications. It was created to improve the speed of application since the government aims to create a fast developing economy. They come at a fee, filling in of specific forms and then it must be supported by a formal application letter. The cover letter should elaborate on designs to be used, ownership certificates and the nature of your application.
The authorities will set a date for determining your plans. The determination takes some time. It involves checking if they meet standards and other requirements needed. Therefore, an application may be approved for permission or get rejected.
The regulatory body uses planning acts to determine if to dismiss or give a go-ahead permit on any application received. In case of rejection, the regulation body allows for an appeal. That involves inspection from a state-appointed official. The local planning authorities are however put under controls to ensure they work efficiently. They are supposed to have determined more than 70% of essential planning applications before two weeks are over. They are also put under scrutiny in case they reverse more than a fifth of the appealed applications.
Benefits of Online Applications
· Applying for planning permission on the online platform is enjoyable and quick due to the user-friendly system. Hence, the task is completed in a short period
· The application is easy since the system guides the user through the process
· The portal allows secure attachment of drawings and the plan
· You can save your progress on the portal and make changes before submitting. Once completion of the application and the attachments are uploaded, it’s sent to the local authority directly