Do I Need Planning Permission for a Loft Conversion?

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Loft Conversion?

When contemplating loft conversions to add aesthetic appeal or additional living space to your home, the first question you should be asking yourself is, “Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?” If you do need planning permission and don’t get it from the local authorities you could be leaving yourself open to some fairly costly consequences, including a hefty fine and a complete halt to work in progress!

Do You Need Planning Permission for a Loft Conversion?

This is indeed one of the most common questions our Select roofing contractors are asked by homeowners in the UK who are looking to have draughty attic space converted into trendy living accommodations. The answer to that question, on the surface, is fairly easy to answer. If you will be altering your roofline in any way then the answer is yes, most often you will need planning permissions. However, each area of the UK has its own local ordinances so it is always a good idea to check before beginning any loft conversion whatsoever.

Dormer vs. Roofline Loft Conversions

There are actually two main types of loft conversions popular in the UK which are known as Dormer and Roofline loft conversions. Roofline conversions are the easiest and usually the least expensive to undergo simply because there is ample height for the average person to walk under. Dormer conversions add more headroom and usually employ a window-feature extension. Dormer loft conversions are the type that typically require planning permissions and are amongst the most sought after by those looking to improve the value of their property.

My Redlands Roof has provided a list of Select roofers for you to consult with when determining whether or not you will need planning permissions and when looking for a local contractor to do the construction for you. Each roofer is Trustmark approved and beyond that many have been accredited by the Federation of Master Builders, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and some even hold credentials from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme for solar PV installations. If you are looking for the most trustworthy and reliable loft conversion contractors in your area, My Redlands Roof is the place to start.