Digital - Paperless - Fixed-price
FAQ - Planning Permission
Will surveying and measuring my house be difficult?
Not at all – but we recommend choosing a dry day! All we need you to do is use a tape measure to measure the walls and the windows then sketch a quick drawing onto a piece of paper.
You may not even have to do that if you are able to upload Estate Agents floor plans (search for previous sales of your home on Zoopla) or if you have previous Architects drawings from an old project at your home. We can even work from a copy of your neighbour’s previous drawings if their house layout is the same or very similar to yours.
Architects have told me that they charge to submit my Planning and Building Regulations applications. Why do you do it FREE of charge?
Architects often pay for the part which is the homeowner’s responsibility – for the work carried out by your local council. As these fees vary it’s more convenient for architects to inflate their price so they’re not left out of pocket. We simply want to save you money and to do so we submit your drawings for FREE. We will purchase an Ordnance Survey map of your property, complete all the drawings, fill in all your Planning or Building Regulations forms and submit them to your council for checking, logging ourselves as the ‘Agent’. We will then send you instructions of how to pay your application fee directly to the council so that you only pay their current rate. During the consideration process, we will chase up the council every week to ensure a decision is reached promptly and will communicate everything to you along the way.
Why do Architects charge so much more for Planning Drawings?
Architects charge what seems like a lot of money for their drawings but in reality, you are not only paying for their drafting time. Architects spend time speaking with you on the phone, then visit you at your house, then visit again to measure your property and take survey notes, draw sketches and take photos. They will then spend considerable time producing different designs and then to-and-froing with you until they reach a final architectural design for planning drawings. They will then submit the planning permission drawings for planning approval and building regulations approval at an additional cost. They may also then project manage the build on site and liaise with the contractor to ensure everything gets built as per the plans.
Because of the simplicity of our service, most of the unnecessary additional cost in time, travel and overheads don’t exist. Therefore we are able to offer the same standard of service at a vastly reduced cost.
Why do Architects take longer to draft Planning Drawings?
In short, Planning Drawings are only a small part of an Architects job. As explained above, they are involved in a lot more than just drafting plans. An Architect’s time is spread very thinly, so even a moderate amount of existing projects can cause them extreme delays in completing planning drawings for a new client – especially if the project is a small domestic job like a single storey extension or a dormer loft conversion. It makes more sense for them to prioritise projects of high value, as their practices often have considerably higher running costs. For this reason, you will often find when approaching an Architect that their turnaround time just for your first set of plans can be anything up to 3-4 months!
How do I get cheap planning drawings online?
Starki was founded to fill a highly sought gap in the market. There are thousands of people every month that:
1) Can measure or have already measured their house
2) Have photographs of their house
3) Know exactly what extension design or loft conversion design they want
4) Are happy to find a builder themselves and keep an eye on the work themselves once the build starts.
If you fit into the client profile above, then we will just do everything else – We will not charge you for work you do not need.
How can you plan, draw and submit so fast?
Our work specialises in producing planning and building regulations drawings online. As soon as our clients say they are 100% happy with their architectural plans, we submit them for Planning Permission or Permitted Development Approval. Once Planning Permission or the Lawful Development Certificate is received, if required, we upgrade their drawings to include all Building Regulations section drawings and specifications then submit them for Building Control Approval. Once you have both permissions, we send you your final drawings and then we leave you to do the rest! We don’t spend working time travelling or meeting you for cups of tea to discuss your project. Our days are entirely focused on producing plans and drawings, which means that we can often complete them in less than a week.
How do you guarantee fixed price planning drawings?
It is hard for an Architect to give a fixed price quote up-front because it is impossible to plan how much time will eventually be spent on a project. Building projects, as we’re sure you’re aware are often littered with pit-falls and unexpected delays.
We provide architectural drawings online. Then we submit them for Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval.
This makes it easy for us to pre-empt how much time will be spent on your project, therefore we can give you a guaranteed fixed price quote at the start. This helps so much as we understand that almost everybody is on a tight budget when they embark on a house extension or loft conversion.
Are your Planning Drawings the same as an Architect’s Drawings?
YES. The online planning drawings you receive from us will be exactly the same as the planning permission drawings you can get from your local Architect. The only difference will be that the online planning drawings you get from us will arrive faster and will be much, much cheaper.
– Our Payment Promise –
Architects work to an hourly rate, meaning uncapped and often spiralling costs. We have fixed pricing meaning you pay for the outcome, not the time it takes to produce it. To book your project with us you will pay just 50% of the total price today and we will request the remaining amount when your first set of drawings are completely finished and you are 100% happy with them.