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Homeowner Duties: The CDM Regulations Explained

On 6th April 2015 the Government introduced the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), putting additional obligations on householders having construction work carried-out.  This might include alterations, extensions or other similar types of work.

Planning: What is Permitted Development?

There are many types of building works which do not require planning permission.  These are called “permitted development rights”.  These are a form of general planning permission granted not by local planning authorities but instead by parliament.

However, flats and maisonettes often do not benefit from permitted development rights in the same way as houses.  Likewise, commercial properties have different permitted development rights which will not be discussed in this article.

How Do I Comply With The Party Wall Act For My Renovation Project?

Most significant home renovation will require a Party Wall Award before the works can begin.  Failure to give notice to your neighbours could result in them obtaining a court injunction to prevent the works continuing at your expense.  However, correctly serving notice to your neighbours means that disputes over any damage caused by construction works to their property can be dealt with by surveyors rather than in Court.  Clearly, it is therefore important to make sure you get it right.

Which VAT Rate Applies To My Project?

This article aims to give some general advice on construction VAT rates for your consideration but we always recommend seeking advice from a chartered accountant before undertaking a construction project.  At the time of writing, most residential construction works are subject to the 20% VAT rate.  Clearly, this is a significant factor which influences the scope of works for many projects and can often be the difference as to whether some developments are viable at all.  Many people attempt to mitigate VAT by making substantial payments to builders in cash.  However, this