I'm in a situation where (being new to Ireland) I listened to some builders tell me that I didn't need planning permission to do a small bay window with a canopy. We built it, and now find out that in fact we did need planning permission because we changed the facade of the house.
After much searching I've found some vague references to this kind of situation on the web, but nothing too concrete. I understand I can apply for retroactive permission, but that its expensive. I also gather that if permission is refused, they will force me to remove the extension. Needless to say, I'd like to avoid either situation.
Lots of people say that chances are good we won't have any problems until we try to sell the house. We aren't planning to sell anytime soon, but nevertheless it would help me to know what to expect.
So my questions are:
1) is it better to apply for retroactive permission or just quietly ignore the problem? (I understand this forum doesn't advocate building w/o permission, but I just want to understand how deep the sh** I'm in really runs)
2) If I don't get the permisson, what problems will arise when we try to sell the house? Some say there are paperwork issues... some say money issues... I'm not really sure what to think.
3) what kinds of other problems can I expect?
Thanks for any advice or input!