The ‘Red Tape’ Building Legislation and Your Loft Conversion

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All new builds have to take into account current building legislation, and loft conversions are no different. The good news is that once you are working with Clarendon Carpentry, we will take responsibility for ensuring that your conversion is fully compliant, so you don’t need to worry.

If you would like to find out more or do a bit of background reading then you will find everything you need on this page, but don’t feel you have to know the details. We’ve got it covered.

Planning Permission

The vast majority of loft conversions do not need planning permission, but if yours does we will discuss this with you at the design stage.

Where planning permission is required, Local Authorities vary in what they are willing to approve and there are no hard and fast rules. It is often effected by what has previously been approved in your area, so it is a good idea to look at similar houses in your road which may have had conversions, to get an idea of what is acceptable.

A planning permission application, if needed, will be submitted once the plans have been drawn up and is handled by our Architectural Designer. We have a very good idea of what is likely to be approved, so once we have discussed the design with you and come up with a plan, it is usually very straightforward.

The timescale for planning permission to be granted is usually around eight weeks and we will need to factor this in to the expected completion date for your conversion.

You can find out more from the Governments portal for planning and loft conversions here.

For properties in Leicester City you can find out more here.

For Leicestershire properties, planning is controlled by the district and borough councils so the best way to access your local policy is through the national planning portal link above, and select ‘In your area’ and then ‘Find your local Planning Authority’

The Party Wall Act 1996

This legislation was set up to prevent or resolve disputes that may arise concerning a party (shared) wall or boundary. In a nutshell it means that if you share a wall or boundary that will be affected by your intended loft conversion, then you need to let your neighbours know in writing and they need to give their consent.

We will tell you if this legislation applies to your property and will ensure that we comply with the Act.

You can find out more about the Party Wall Act here.

Building Regulations

Buildings regulations are separate from planning permission and are a complex set of criteria which your loft conversion must satisfy, ranging from fire safety to stair case dimensions.

All loft conversions will be subject to Building Regulations approval and inspectors will visit a build to monitor compliance and finally sign off your loft conversion with a certificate of completion.

Buildings Regulations approval can be given by a local authority inspector or a private approved inspector.

John will set up a series of visits with the buildings inspector throughout the project so there is nothing you will need to do.

You can find out more about Buildings Regulations approval here.

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