Planning & Building Control
The planning procedure has recently been simplified by new regulations, which include a new universal application form for the UK. The Permitted Development Rights have also been changed, so many applications may now be exempt from planning. It is always best to review each case individually to decide if an application is required. The application can all be done online now, and is a relatively simple procedure once the plans have been finalised.
You can either present a Full Plan Submission, which lists a full specification or a Building Notice, which means that permission is at the Building Control Inspectors discretion, however all building conditions still have to be met, they are just not listed.