Planning permission and loft conversions: What’s required?

You want to make the most of all the space your house has to offer. So, it’s no wonder you want to convert your loft into a functional, stylish and comfortable room. Loft conversions are desirable, they’re personal, and they really boost the value of a property.

But what are the rules and regulations surrounding planning permission and loft conversions?

There are certain property changes that come under the category of “permitted development” – that is, smaller-scale alterations that don’t need to go through the process of getting planning permission.

As it turns out, planning permission is not needed for a loft conversion under a certain set of limits. If you live in a terraced house, your new space may be up to 40 cubic metres and not need planning permission. If you live in a semi-detached or detached house, that goes up to 50 cubic metres.

If your extension doesn’t go above the roof’s highest point, and if the materials match the house’s style, you’re also covered. But you should read up on the full list of restrictions before you go ahead and start work – it can be found here. Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to get an expert, such as an architect or builder, to confirm whether or not you need planning.

You must remember that even if you didn’t do it yourself, previous additions of space in the roof still count towards your permitted 40 or 50 metres-cubed.

And what’s more, if you live in a flat, maisonette, or converted house, the rules are different. Make sure you understand the rules for your property’s type.

While you might not need planning permission, you will have to meet building regulations approval. It ensures that you’re carrying out work that is structurally sound, fire regulations are met, and the new addition is properly soundproofed.

If you are thinking about converting your loft into a cosy and practical living space that follows the correct building regulations, get in touch with Arti Construction, specialists in designing and constructing extension projects to an exceptionally high standard.