Working with a professional loft conversion company like The Loft Consultancy gives you access to all the knowledge and expertise you need for your extension. Understanding loft conversion regulations can be difficult on your own but we will tell you everything you need to know.
Read on below to get a brief overview of what may be required to build your loft conversion.
Permitted Development Allowance
In most cases a loft conversion falls under the ‘Permitted Allowance’ category, which will mean that planning consent will not be required. This applies to houses and bungalows but not flats, maisonettes, or other types of buildings.
In the event that your loft conversion does not fall into the Permitted Development bracket and a Certificate of Lawful Use refused, planning permission will need to be secured from your local authority. It is their responsibility to decide whether a proposed loft conversion should go ahead.
Planning permission takes approximately 8 weeks to validate from the date of your loft conversion application. We will consult with the Planning Officer appointed to your application for updates and act in accordance with any recommendations they provide.
If the loft conversion is likely to affect neighbours or the surrounding environment, then planning permission may be a necessity. In either case, our in-house Technical design team will be able to advise on this before the build begins, giving you plenty of time to apply and avoid unnecessary delays.
Certificate of Lawful Use
If you want to be certain that your loft conversion does not require planning permission, an application for a lawful development certificate can be applied for at your local authority. Its purpose is to certify your loft has been converted using the Permitted Development allowance.
This certificate is not a compulsory requirement but if the property is being sold at a later date, you may be required to produce one.