is planning and building control?
Planning permission and building regulations
are often befuddled, when a property
conversion, it is crucial to understand the
difference and when each should be required.
You may only require building regulation
approval, or planning or both!
generally, planning permission determines if
a building can be constructed or extended,
while building regulations manage how such
building works are undertaken. Both are
managed by your local authority.
: What permission do I need for my loft
you will need Planning and Building
of lawfulness) From 1 October 2008 a
loft conversion for your home will be
considered to be permitted development, and
will only require plans and application for
a certificate of lawfulness subject to the
limits and conditions set out below:
1. A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres
for terraced houses
2. A volume
allowance of 50 cubic metres for detached
and semi-detached houses.
extension beyond the plane of the existing
roof slope of the principal elevation that
fronts the highway.
4. No extension
to be higher than the highest part of the
5. Materials to be similar in
appearance to the existing house.
No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
7. Side-facing windows to be
obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above
8. Roof extensions not to
be permitted development in designated
9. Roof extensions, apart
from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as
far as practicable, at least 20cm from the
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Loft Building Regulations
The Building Regulations ensure that developments are built
within a set of pre-defined standards to ensure safe
building practices and good workmanship. The standards cover
such things as the structure, fire safety, drainage, energy
conservation and disabled access within buildings
Full plans (allows your plans to be approved prior to
Building notice (allows you to start work on site within 48
hours of plans and application submission)
Q Do I need building regulations approval