Firstly, The GDPR isn’t to be confused with the GPDO (The General Permitted Development Order) which is the part of planning legislation that allows certain work to be carried out without formal planning permission.

The new (in force 25th May 2018) Data Protection rules (General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR for short) essentially help protect people from privacy issues in an electronic data-driven modern world.

As a small scale architect, the amount of data I hold is minimal. However, I expect clients to willingly give me the following for the purposes of carrying out services on their projects:

  • Your name
  • Your telephone number and email address so I can contact you.
  • Your current (billing) address, so I can send printed drawings and address invoices to you
  • Your project’s site address, so I can carry out my work.

Thats about it really. I tend to pick up various bits of information from you by chatting, but nothing that amounts to private data. All of the above are usually filled out on planning and building regulations applications which become available the public domain. Usually councils redact applicant phone and email info, but not always. I always ask you to check over the form before submission, and this is an opportunity to omit any contact information that you desire.


With your permission during the course of the project I send the above information to other professional consultants and prospective builders/suppliers directly involved in the project or providing quotations.

I keep the above information securely in the project file and address book for future reference and as per professional indemnity requirements. I don’t send out blanket marketing emails.