goneill wrote:You will probably need to discuss your proposals with the planners, and/or contact the LA during working hours so that's where your conflict with your employer begins.
The liability issue is not confined to construction issues, which shouldn't be a huge problem if you proceed as described. But non construction problems can also occur. For example, if you fail to act in time, in making an application, or submitting an appeal, your client could blame you. Likewise if your application is deficient in some way, and a frightening number are judged to be, a nasty client might say that they intended to sell the house with permission in June, and now its September and the markwt has droppped 20% and its all your fault.....etc etc
Good point. It might be worth discussing it with my employer first and explaining that I intend to carry out the work outside of work hours. If I do need to take time off to speak to planners etc. then I suppose I could make up the hours in overtime. I could possibly also agree a charge for printing from the office whilst I am at it.
I think as long as you've done your homework in relation to a planning application, it is relatively low risk, especially as the clients appear to be a very relaxed young couple. Therefore I suppose my original question still stands, do I need PII to take this job up to planning if I include some sort of disclaimer on the drawings and also on the form of agreement between myself and the clients which I am currently drawing up and getting them to sign?
Thanks for your advice G.