Do I Need Planning Permission For My Garage Conversion?

May 10, 2021
With the sun now beginning to finally shine and lockdown becoming a thing of the past, we are beginning to focus on the future again. However, despite restrictions lifting, the pandemic has caused a permanent shift in the way we view our homes. A garage conversion is quickly becoming the popular choice of renovation.

In what felt like an instant, our homes transformed from places of sanctuary and rest, to our new place of work. For many of us it was a tricky balance to make, especially for those of us with limited space. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the interest in garage conversions has spiked.

Garage conversions are a low-cost option to gain a study, an extra bedroom, more living space or a utility room. Many of us homeowners are guilty of using the garage as a junk or storage room. However, this space can be converted into something more useful.

Do I need planning permission?

In most cases planning permission isn’t required for a garage conversion as this falls under permitted development. However, in some cases it is required. This can be quite difficult to establish so it is best to contact our Architecture team to find out exactly if planning permission would be required for your garage conversion.

Will my garage conversion need to meet building regulations?

Yes, if you are converting your garage into a habitable space, such as a bedroom, extended kitchen area or living area, you will need to ensure that building regulations are met. These building regulations cover ventilation, fire safety, thermal performance and acoustics. Furthermore, there are also structural elements you will need to check which can include the condition of the walls, floors foundations and event the ceiling height.

Further areas you will need to consider when planning a garage conversion

There are some garages which will require more complex work in order to successfully convert them into a habitable space. It is often that these are the stages you would need to hire a professional to ensure you get it right.

There are far more details to consider than meets the eye when embarking on your garage conversion project. Whilst in most cases planning permission isn’t required, it’s important the building regulations are met. Building regulations cover ventilation, fire safety, thermal performance and acoustics. Furthermore, there are also structural elements you will need to check which can include the condition of the walls, floors foundations and event the ceiling height.

Structural calculations

Before starting your garage conversion, there are structural elements that you will need to check. This includes the walls, floors, foundations and ceiling height. If you plan to change the actual structure of the garage, you may need planning permission.

Design considerations

Depending on what you plan on converting your garage into will depend on the things you need to check beforehand. Key areas that you should include in the planning state is whether you will need plumbing, electrics and insulation.

In summary

Garage conversions are a brilliant and cost-effective way of extending your living space. These conversions are one of the few ways to extend without encroaching into your valuable garden space. Not to mention the minimum disruption caused by the building works and the added boost to the value of your home.

Most garage conversion are simple and straight forward. However, it is not unusual that projects become more complex. These are the occasions when it is best to instruct a professional. You should get an Architect or builder to asses your garage before starting the project. It is likely to save you a headache in the long run. Our Architecture team deal with the whole planning process for you from start to finish to ensure the experience is hassle and stress-free. Contact us today to find out how we can help you effectively convert your garage or find out more about our architecture services below.

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