Loft conversions are becoming more and more popular as people look for ways to increase the space in their homes. But before you call in the builders, it’s important to know whether or not you need planning permission for a loft conversion.
Many people assume that because their extension is within the boundary of their property, they don’t need planning permission. However, it is possible that your local authority may take issue with the scale of your planned extension if it exceeds certain criteria (which vary from council to council).
Planning permission is not always required for loft conversions, but many local councils will ask you to submit a planning application anyway. The rules vary from one council to another, so if you’re thinking about converting your loft, contact your local council to find out what’s required. If you have decided that you do need planning permission, the first step will be to submit an application form.
Planning permission isn’t always necessary for loft conversions. However, if your council requires planning permission and you don’t apply for it, they can refuse permission later on. If this happens and there is no legal reason why it shouldn’t be granted (for example if there are no objections), they may also be able to penalise you by forcing you to apply retrospectively and pay any fees they might have charged had the work been done when it should have been.
If you’re planning to create a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen in your loft space, then yes, you will likely need planning permission. However, if you’re only planning to add a few extra windows or a small extension then it’s unlikely that you will need permission from the council.
If you are unsure whether or not you need planning permission, we recommend speaking to an architect or surveyor who can advise you on whether your project is likely to require it.
Do you need planning permission?
The answer to this question is yes and no. The answer depends on whether or not your loft conversion involves any of the following:
A change of use of the property
An increase in floor area over 50%
If either of these apply, then you will need planning permission before you start work. This is because your loft conversion will be a major development which will have an effect on the surrounding community. If it does not fall into one of these categories, then you do not need planning permission but there are still some things that you should check before starting work.
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