by Brian McKay


You are looking to get a commercial property extension, and you may be wondering, what is it that I need to do to have all my ducks in a row? It is a big investment, and you want to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

Understand What You Are Looking to Do with the Property Extension

You need to ask yourself some questions before you commit to that commercial property extension that you have been considering.

Firstly, what are you going to be doing with the extension, and is it something that is going to be a part of your business that may need further development at a later date? If so, are you going to be able to scale up from the plans that you have formulated, or is this a new dimension that needs to be included?

How quickly do you need the extension in order to fit with your business plans?

Check on The Rules for Building an Extension

Once you have a good idea of what you are going to do with the extension, and you have all the needs that need to be met when the project is complete, then you are going to have a solid idea of any permits you may need.

If your extension is of a certain size, you may not need planning permission. If there is anything about the nature of your business that is likely to change with the new building you are doing you want to make sure that you are in compliance with all the zoning laws.

Have A Budget In Mind

Having your finances squared away is important with a project of any scale, and the larger the project the tighter the financial planning needs to be.

You need to make sure that you build into your plans the possibility of things going wrong, or unidentified problems becoming apparent as the project progresses. With a good team working on the project, you aren’t going to have to worry as much about this, but it always pays to have wiggle room for any eventuality. Under-budgeting could seriously stall the project, and you want to bring it in on time.

Hire an Engineer

Once you have all of that in place you are going to need to hire a commercial engineer. You want someone that understands the demands of a commercial or municipal project and has a good reputation for delivering high-quality work and delivering what they promise.

When you have explained the plan that you have and the needs you want met as part of the project they will be able to flag up any concerns, present you with solutions, and answer any questions that you might have.

A good commercial engineer is essential to making sure that your commercial property extension is exactly what you want it to be.


Having a clear-cut vision of what you are looking for in your commercial extension is going to set you on the right path. The key thing after that is to make sure that you have people on your team who can execute those plans, and a great commercial engineer is going to be able to do that.