Planning permission advice for Loft Conversion

Updated on 7th February 2017 in Planning Permission
4 on 23rd April 2015

Hi there,

I’m so glad I found this forum as I’ve been searching for something like this for a while. My boy is getting bigger and I want to make a loft conversion to give him his own space in our house. I need some general advice on planning permission for loft conversions.

Thank you in advance.
Steven.

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0 on 1st June 2015

In most cases, a loft conversion is considered to be Permitted Development, not requiring planning permission, provided certain limits and conditions are met. However, householders should be advised to apply for a certificate of lawfulness to confirm that the proposed works are lawful. 

To fall within Permitted Development, any additional roof space created must not exceed these volumes:

  • 40 cubic metres for terraced houses
  • 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses

Any previous roof space additions must be included within this volume allowance.
No part of the extension is to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway.
Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves. 
The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.

 

Planning permission is required for a Loft Conversion:

  • In certain Conservation Areas (see Conservation area guidance document)
  • Where the property is subject to an Article 4 Direction
  • Listed Building
  • Designated Land
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Hello Steven,

Planning permission is not normally required for a loft conversion, they are often considered to be permitted development. A loft conversion would require a Certificate of Lawfulness as it could be easy to build beyond the limits of a building notice. Unless you plan on extending or altering the roof space to which it exceeds these specific limits. Accurately determining the feasibility is less possible without an address for the property, if you have any more questions please contact me directly at alext@drawingandplanning.com.

Kind Regards,

Alex T

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