Planning permission for a loft conversion. What you need to know

hen it comes to planning your loft conversion one thing you need to know is ‘do you need planning permission?’.

This is a vital part as if you do require it and,  you don’t request it, you could be asked to take your loft conversion down. There is much confusion over planning permission for loft conversions and the rules are known to change.

Here are the rules. You will require planning permission if your property has one or more of the following:

  • It is a grade 1 or 2 listed building
  • Your home is in a conservation area
  • It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • It is a flat or part of a shared house

You need to know what you are up against before you go ahead. At Topflite Loft Conversions we know just how to assess if you need to request for planning permission. Permission Granted

If your property does not fit into one of the above four categories then you don’t need to request for planning permission. However, you do need to make sure that your loft conversion meets the correct restrictions.

The laws over loft extensions were relaxed in October 2008 to enable families to creatte more space. At the time the Housing Minister, Caroline Flint said, “Today I am scrapping the red tape so it is much easier to convert the loft into that extra bedroom and build on an extension.”

This also helped to free up the time of local councils to focus on bigger projects.

If you are not sure as to whether you require planning permission, why not contact us today?