Will I Need Planning Permission?

Planning permission for a loft conversion is generally not required due to legislation building regulations that came into force in 2008, although this does depend on what type of loft conversion you are looking to have carried out. Under these new legislation changes, most homeowners in England can now transform their loft space without planning permission as long as some guidelines are followed.

Top Storey have worked on hundred’s of loft conversions that haven’t required planning permission, we will offer you free advice and everything you need to know about having a loft conversion in your home.

Planning Permission

The picture example above show’s a dormer loft conversion that Top Storey carried out and did not require planning permission as it was constructed under permitted development rights, when we undertook this project we stayed within certain guidelines that are stated, such as not exceeding the height of the original roof.

Permitted Development

This Velux loft conversion was also completed without the need for planning permission and was undertaken to the same specifications as the previous property. Once again, we didn’t extend the existing roof slope and the building materials we used matched the original style of the property. Meaning this loft conversion was also considered as permitted development.

If you live in a conservation area, it is likely you will need to gain planning permission to transform your loft space into those much-needed rooms, even if it’s only a Rooflight/Velux conversion due to the location of windows.

If your loft conversion is subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission, Top Storey Lofts will undertake this procedure on your behalf as we deal with the appropriate bodies on a daily basis.

Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer

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