Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?
A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, and usually does not require an application for planning permission, unless subject to the following limits and conditions:
- 40 cubic metres, additional roof space for terraced houses
- 50 cubic metres, additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
- No extension beyond the height of the existing ridgeline
- Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
- Any verandas, balconies or raised platforms will need planning permission.
- Juliet balconies do not need planning permission
- Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
- Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas i.e. conservation, world heritage sites.
- Note : any previous roof space extensions must be included within the volume allowances of 40 and 50 cubic meters.
How long does a loft conversion take?
Usually a Velux conversion will take around 4-6 weeks depending on size , but a more complex conversion can take up to 8 weeks
Does a loft conversion add value?
A loft conversion can add up to 20% on the value of a property depending on size and location of the property
What are the different types of loft conversions?
The different types of loft conversions are:
- Traditional cut roof dormer
- Hip to Gable
- Truss Roof
How do I know if I have enough headroom for a loft conversion?
You will need between 7 – 8 feet (210cm – 240cm) headroom before conversion.
My loft is a modern trussed roof design – can it still be converted?
Yes, a large percentage of our jobs are trussed roofs.
Where does the staircase go?
Our first option is to go above the existing staircase, alternatively: through a landing cupboard or borrowing space from an existing bedroom.
Do I need planning permission?
This is dependent on the type of conversion and your neighbouring area. We deal with all planning and building regulations so you don’t need to worry.