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The planning permission process

A significant part of making any plans is knowing what to expect — and having the time, money and commitment to see plans through.

Things don't always work out as planned — so, then we need to adapt, or review our options.

Here's what you should expect to work through in your property planning, with the relevant permissions, oversights and services.

1. Initial research

We need to investigate rules and regulations related to the proposed property development.

2. Pre-application consultation

Check with Jersey's Planning and Buildings department on the latest guidelines and requirements for this kind of project.

3. Prepare plans and documents

Create detailed site plans, structural drawings, and gather the necessary supporting documentation.

4. Submit application

We submit your application, including plans and supporting documents, to the Planning and Buildings department, and request an indication of the current turnaround time.

Once an application number is provided, we can monitor this for updates online.

5. Application review

The planning authority reviews the application in order of receipt — based on policies, impact, and current constraints.

6. Public consultation

A planning application certificate is placed prominently on the property perimeter, and published online.

Anyone with an interest in the proposals, can then provide feedback on the development, in writing, to the Planning and Buildings department.

All comments are published on the Planning Register.

7. Planning decision

The application is either approved, approved with conditions, or declined with reasoning.

8. Appeal – optional

If your application is refused, we can review the decision for the potential to appeal the decision, or amend the plans and resubmit.

9. Building regulation approval

Obtain approval from building control body to ensure compliance with building regulations.

10. Begin building

Once all necessary permissions are obtained, work can begin.

Completed work should be certified by your service provider, as compliant with current regulations — and we recommend you request they are guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years.

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