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Planning Permission for Garage Conversions

sbsGenerally speaking planning permission is not required for a Garage Conversion if the following apply:

If the garage will increase in volume then it is treated as an extension if it is within 5 metres of your house.

NOTE: Sometimes Permitted Development Rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions and therefore you should check with the Local Planning Authority first.

Removal of Permitted Development Rights
sbsThe Council my have removed some of these Permitted Development Rights for certain dwellings e.g. in newer housing developments, in Conservation Areas or for barn conversions. This will require you to submit a planning application for developments, which normally does not need one, but you will not be required to pay a fee. You can check with the Local Planning Authority to find out if your house is affected by the removal of any such condition.

Building Regulations for Garage Conversions

sbsWhat are building regulations?
A legal set of requirements throughout England and Wales under which all building work must be conducted. Your local authority Building Control Department is responsible for ensuring that high standards are maintained and any work we complete is carried out in accordance with the latest regulations, for example health and safety, insulation and the enviromental issues.
Will my garage conversion need building regulations approval?
Yes it will. A garage conversion which has not been completed in accordance with building regulations is technically illegal and your local authority could enforce the reversal of any work which has been carried out.
What is building regulation part P?
sbsPart P is a relatively new standard which relates to the electrical work carried out at your home to ensure that it meets the stringent criteria which have been set by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NIC EIC). All of the electrical requirements in your Garage Conversion are carried out by a fully qualified and registered electrician and the safety certificate will be passed to you and your local authority building inspector.