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Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion or just building regulations

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Reactionary answers:

If you want windows in the loft, you need planning permission. There may be objections to windows offering a birds-eye view of the adjoining properties. The rest is just building regulations unless you are jazzing up a listed building.


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TallScotsGuy answers:

Building regulations are what you follow when you have received planning permission.

The regulations determine the size of the conversion, the materials used and so on.

Before you do work like this to your house, get written planning permission (known as a building warrant) and you'll be best to submit architect's plans before you get it.

Plus get a fixed quote from a builder before you start any work.

If you try to sell the house without a proper building warrant (even after 20 years) you will have a problem.


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Aiming4777 answers:

You do not normally need to apply for planning permission to insert roof windows. However there are special rules which govern extensions to the roof. This would include changes to the roof line by fitting dormer windows.

See the interactive house on the planning portal for information http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/hhg/houseguide.html
See the planning portal for details on both planning and buildings regulations http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/


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Eeieei answers:

I am assuming you are not a builder yourself. You should always run your plans past the the local planning council (planning section), and take their advice as many of these rules are controlled by the local authority. If you do anything that affects the structure of the roof (windows that would require you altering the roof beams are included) require that you obtain planning permission in my area. This means providing plans for the change, having them approved before beginning work. Doing the work and then have the work checked there-after.

Be-aware a botched loft conversion can knock 10s of thousands off of your house price, and there maybe some liability issues.


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