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Building Regulations and Planning Permission

All loft conversion require building regulations approval and some loft conversions also require planning permission

Building Regulations

Building regulations must be adhered to as laid down by your local authority and are mainly concerned with the structural integrity and interior building work being undertaken within your house. Drawings and various calculations are submitted to the local building control department who will then check for items as follows;

  • the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient
  • the stability of the structure (including the existing roof) is not endangered
  • safe escape from fire
  • safely designed stairs to the new floor
  • reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the rooms below

A loft conversion is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to certain conditions

For further information on Building Regulations please follow this link to the government planning portal: https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/loftconversion/

Planning Permission

Most major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent - known as planning permission. Without a planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area. Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead

Permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.

For further information on planning please follow this link to the government planning portal: https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/

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