One of the common questions asked by people hoping to have a loft conversion, is whether or not planning permission is required. The answer is, no not really, but it depends. If you're not ready to hire a builder or an architect yet, there are ways to answer this question a little better.
As a simple guide, you won't need planning permission if your loft conversion meets the following requirements;
If you are unsure then just contact a builder or architect and they can help you
Whilst you might not need to get planning permission, you will need to ensure that your loft extension meets specific building regulations. The type of conversion that you go for will have set regulations that need to be met, but on a more general basis, these include;
The above lists aren't extensive and you'll find that there are many other things that need to be considered before having a loft conversion constructed. Whilst planning permission isn't always needed, there are circumstances when it will be required. Regardless of whether or not planning permission is required, there are building regulations that must be met.