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Once you have decided on your project you will need to take the next steps to begin work. This may involve creating architectural plans and drawings, understanding the impact on the natural environment, submitting an application or, if your project meets all the necessary permitted development limits, beginning your building work.

In all of these cases, working with a trade professional will allow you to move your project forward. So the Planning Portal has teamed up with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to help you find a professional who can assist you in progressing your project and achieving your aims. Select from the directories below to start your search for a professional.

    Find a Chartered Architectural Technologist

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    • Find a Chartered Architectural Technologist in your area to work with you on your project
    • Chartered Architectural Technologists are qualified and competent to offer full design services and manage building projects from conception to completion
    • Chartered Architectural Technologists are the lead for the technological and technical design of a project; forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation
    • Members abide by a Code of Conduct and hold mandatory professional indemnity insurance
    • Search over 1600 CIAT Chartered Practices
        Find a Chartered Architectural Technologist

        Find a builder

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        • Choose from over 8,000 Master Builders across the UK
        • Members are independently inspected & vetted before joining
        • Free use of our Government-approved dispute resolution service
        • Master Builders can offer contracts and warranties on their work
        • Connecting consumers with quality builders since 1941
            Find a builder

            Find an architect

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            • Not only do architects design buildings but they also oversee projects from conception to completion
            • Highly-skilled, professionally-educated, quality-assured
            • Your architect will help you get the most from your investment
            • Search over 3,900 RIBA-accredited Chartered Practices
            • Find an architect that’s right for your project – and for you
                Find an architect

                Find a planner

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                • All listings employ members of the RTPI
                • Official RTPI directory of planning consultants
                • Free to use site with over 465 firms listed
                • Quick and easy to use search function
                • All highly qualified and accountable
                • Access specialist planning advice




                    Find a planner

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                    The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. All content © 2022 Planning Portal.