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A floor plan is a drawing that shows a room as seen from a bird’s eye view also known as 2D. Floor plans are used to show what a room or building looks like or what the proposed room or building will look like. Floor plans usually show the measurements for how long things are in real life, for example, a proposed extension is 3m in real life and the side wall is 4m long. Other dimension lines may show the length of windows, the distances from walls to windows, and so forth.

Floor plans may be drafted to scale, which means reducing the size of a drawing so the whole room can fit to a certain scale. A common scale we use is 1:100 as this is a common scale requirement for most planning applications. A draftsperson always indicates the scale used in a floor plan.

Floor plans are usually produced so they can be provided to the council when you seek planning permission. The drawings help show the council what proposed works you intend to do when you are asking for the permission as well as what is existing at your property. They can be used to aid with property sales and personal use for future references.

Lease plans are commonly supplied to your solicitor if you are looking to lease out property or commercial space. Lease plans are the same as floor plans but indicate what each room is used for. For instance, if you have a common area in your shop this will be highlighted and labelled. The same applies for your W/C; it will be outlined and labelled. Lease plans are used to show the leaser what the property or space looks like.

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