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The Planning Process

An important part of an architect's service is to smooth the path with the local authority and act as an ambassador on your behalf. 

For instance, your architect may discuss the plans with council officials before applying for planning permission and building regulation clearance, and greatly reduce the risk of planning refusal. He or she will understand, and know how to apply, a complex web of building regulations and other rules which govern such things as structural integrity, ventilation, ceiling height, sanitation, insulation and fire safety, party wall agreements, rights of light and listed building consents. 

Clearly-presented, professionally-drawn plans can both save you a great deal of time and significantly improve your chance of success.