We recommend that you carry out a search in the relevant planning department to establish the planning history of the property which you are purchasing. In addition, the planning search will determine whether any planning permission has been applied for or granted in respect of any adjoining or nearby property which, in your opinion, would affect your purchase. Your engineer will have to provide advice on any results. You retain and pay the engineer directly. As such, we recommend that you agree the engineer’s fees in advance. If you don’t know anyone who would prepare this report, we can recommend someone based on our prior experience.