Do you need planning permission for garage conversions?

Garage Conversion InteriorGarage conversions are the perfect solution for adding extra living space to your home. Not only that, they can increase the value of your property by up to 10%. However, like many types of building work, you may have concerns over whether they require planning permission. So let’s take a closer and find out whether or not you’ll need it.

Planning permission

If you plan to convert your garage without altering the structure of the building, planning permission is usually not required. However, there are some scenarios where it can be:

  • If you convert your garage into a separate house (regardless of who’ll occupy it), planning permission may be required, regardless of how little work is involved.
  • Detached garages are more likely to need planning permission when converted into a habitable living space. This is because they’re more likely to be deemed a ‘change of use’ than attached garages.

New builds

Certain new builds have conditions written into the deed where the garage is required to be used for parking. These types of stipulations are known as restrictive covenants and require planning permission to be removed. Others may be in place which also require removal before a garage conversion occurs.

Conservation Areas & Listed Buildings

If you live in a conservation area or a listed building, article 4 directions are likely to be in place. These restrict the alterations you can make to your property and can include large and very small changes. In such cases, check with your local planning authority before a conversion takes place. If work is carried out without the necessary permission and the historical character of the building is affected, this is a criminal offence.

Building Regulations

When converting your garage into a habitable space, Building Regulations have to be complied with. This includes a building notice being sent to your local council before work commences. Building Regulations cover things such as moisture proofing, fireproofing and insulation.

Specialists in garage conversions

Oakley will work with you to acquire all the necessary planning permission for a proposed garage conversion project, prior to any work being undertaken. Any work performed by us will also be fully compliant with Building Regulations. This means you can sit back, relax and once permission has been granted, let us get on with it.

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Considering a garage conversion yourself? Or perhaps you’re interested in an alternative home-improvement solution? Regardless of your enquiry, one of our friendly team will be happy to speak to you. You can either give us a call on 01635 877 959 or send an online message.