Before you start your Loft conversion you need to know the building regulations that your loft conversion must adhere too. The building regulations cover things related to safety, strength of the loft floor, head space available, any fire escapes, energy efficiency, plumbing, window glazing and electrics. The building regulations can be completed by the architect that you hire or by us who can assist you in design and build. Most of the loft conversions are classed as permitted development which in simple words means, no planning permission is needed, subject to the following criteria:
There is a maximum of 40 cubic metres of additional roof space if your property is terraced, however it is 50 cubic metres for semi-detached and detached properties.
There is no extension to be added beyong the plane of the existing roof slope to the front of the property.
There is no extension that is higher then the existing roof's highest part
The materials that are used, should be of similar nature to the existing property.
There will be no balconies, platforms or verandas from the loft conversion.
All the side facing windows are obscured and open 1.7m above the loft floor.
The Roof extensions must be of atleast 20cm from the original eaves. Hip to gable conversion is an exception.
The loft extension cannot be overhanging from the wall of the property.
Loft conversions are not permittedin flats or any property within the conservation areas.
If you need to apply for planning permission than we can help you with this or your architect can guide you through the process.