Things You Need to Know Before Planning a Loft Conversion

Planning your loft conversion comes in a number of different stages, from your initial arrangements through to designing the loft with an architect, submitting a planning application, arranging a building inspection, and sorting out your interior.

Your Loft Conversion Type May Be Restricted

The type of loft conversion you have could be restricted by a number of things. A lot of clients think that they’re only limited by their preferences and budget, but previous house alterations, the style of the house, your immediate area, and whether it’s listed all have an impact on what sort of loft conversion you’ll be allowed to have (even when submitting planning permission).

Planning applications for Mansard loft conversions receive the largest number of rejections, which is one of the reasons why Velux and Dormer loft conversions are more popular.

You Can Resubmit Applications, But It’s Better Not To

If your planning application is rejected, you can resubmit it. But it’s better, less time consuming, and less costly to make sure that you communicate the with the planning officer and withdraw your application if you don’t think it will be successful. If it is rejected and you do not withdraw beforehand, you can still make the necessary changes and re-submit it.

You Have to Follow Building Regulations

Building regulations are a minimum standard for alterations and refurbishments, and it’s essential that you follow them to have the loft conversion signed off. Architects provide detailed drawings, but if you are using your own and sending the information to builders you have a responsibility to ensure that the regulations are followed.

You have different options for ensuring that your building conforms to the regulations – you can submit your full plans in advance or do the work by notice. If you do it by notice, you don’t have to submit plans but have regular meetings on-site to get approval. If you’re doing this, it’s important to book the meetings well in advance as Building Control Officers are usually quite busy.

You May Not Need Planning Permission At All

If the loft conversion doesn’t make a significant change to the external appearance of your house, you may not need planning permission at all. A lot of loft conversions can be built as permitted developments, which means that you don’t need to go through the planning process. It’s best to check that before making any other decisions since it can restrict the kind of loft you build.

The Loft Conversion Company Makes a Huge Difference

Loftworld has an excellent track record of creating suitable plans with our architectural partners and finishing loft conversions on time, and on spec. We handle all of the details so you don’t need to worry about the building regulations process or checking that the loft is suitable for a conversion in the first place.