A lot of our customers include our planning and warrant service, which means we act as your agent for building approvals. You need an agent because each new house requires planning permission on your selected site and regulatory approvals to allow it to be built. In Scotland this is securing full planning permission and a building warrant, in England and Wales it is securing full planning permission and complying with building regulations.
Our full package includes use of a range of consultants including the architect, land surveyor, sewerage and drainage specialist, civil and structural engineer and heating system engineer. It is a comprehensive package designed to maximise your chances of obtaining consents in the most hassle-free way. The engineer of your kit will also design your foundations, which reduces risk.
This service is only available in Scotland. For England, Wales and Northern Ireland we suggest contacting Studio Charette who can organise all the required consultants and approvals. If your site is in the Republic of Ireland, our friends at Daly and Carroll Architecture may be able to act as your agents for your HebHome. You can contact Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The fee for our full service including consultants is £16,800 + VAT. We can also act as the principal designer under CDM 2015 regulations for your project upon your instruction for an additional fee, as detailed in optional costs below. Some fees may vary if the site location is remote to cover additional time out of office. If some consultant work has already been carried out, we will reduce our fee accordingly, as per the fee schedule below.
Stage 1 - Planning Application
Full planning consent will approve the design of the house, as well as its site, how the access is configured, and how sewerage and surface water is dealt with. The council will consult with other statutory bodies, such as the water authority during this process. If your proposal is in a sensitive area, government agencies such as English or Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland or the National Trust may be involved. There is never a guarantee that you will get full planning permission, as it is dependent on the policies and opinions of local authorities and their officials. Although local authorities are responsible for administering the planning system, comprehensive information on national guidelines can be found online here. All prices below ex VAT.
£4,500 HebHomes project management (planning) scope of work:
Likely consultant work required for planning:
£1,200 Topographical survey of site (presuming half-acre site)
£1,200 Ground Investigation Report
£1,400 Drainage report and Percolation tests
£400 Drainage schematic drawing for planning
£900 Road access design
£800 Cut and fill analysis (Required for sloping sites)
Stage 1 total cost for full service including consultants: £10,400 + VAT*
50% due before site visits conducted
50% due once all works complete, prior to submission to planning
*If any services above already carried out or not required, please advise and we will remove this from our scope of work. Challenging or remote sites may result in additional costs, we will advise ahead of any work going ahead.
Stage 2 - Building Control
Once you have secured full planning permission, the next step is a building control consent – that is, approval from your local authority’s building standards department.
This system varies in different parts of the UK. In Scotland you cannot build until you have full council-approved drawings. These drawings show details of the structure, the internal layout, electrics, plumbing and heating system. An engineer’s certificate, as well as data illustrating the energy efficiency for the house is also required. In England your technical drawings will be submitted for approval to a local authority or private approved inspector. You can expect a decision between 5-8 weeks from your application. In Republic of Ireland you can commence and complete construction on approved planning drawings. There is a legal obligation for compliance with Building Regulations which is satisfied through lodgement to the Local Authority of “certificates of compliance“.
The structural drawings package will include certificate prepared by a Structural Engineers Register-approved engineer (known as an SER certificate) to confirm that the proposed build meets all the required structural standards . This certificate covers all elements of the build, including the foundations and other non-kit elements (this only applies in Scotland). All prices below ex. Vat.
£3,600 HebHomes project management (building control) scope of work:
Likely consultant work required for Building Control:
£1,150 Foundation design
£1,050 Detailed drainage design
£600 Options appraisal for heating system
Stage 2 total cost for full service including consultants: £6,400 + VAT*
50% due before commencing building control stage
50% due once all works complete, prior to submission to building control
*Challenging or remote sites may result in additional costs, we will advise ahead of any work going ahead.
You will also need to factor in additional expenses which are not included in our packages as follows:
Site Specific (these may or may not apply to your project depending on your site)
You will receive the following documents once you decide to proceed:
These are two separate contracts, one covering our planning and warrant service, and the other covering the design of your HebHome. These are contracts between yourselves and HebHomes which outline standard duties and responsibilities as well as a breakdown of fees and estimates on additional expenses. Once these documents are signed and returned, we will make a start with your project.
If you decide not to take our Planning and Warrant Service but would like us to organise some surveys for you, please let us know and we can look at getting these organised for you. Additional fees may be applicable due to being outwith our standard Planning and Warrant package.
Download our example programme from the Members Area for an indication of how long the different stages may take.