Do I Need Planning Permission For A Loft Room?
The answer to this question is maybe. Generally, loft rooms are covered under “Permitted Development which means you won’t need to apply for a planning permission to build a loft room. This is like an advance planning permission provided by local authorities to allow some particular building works to be done such as loft conversions, rear extensions and more. When you’re covered by a “Permitted Development, you’re given the free range to oversee your home’s development without much interference from the regulations or the council. However, for permitted development to apply, there are some specific criteria that must be met. Therefore, if your loft room does not meet the following requirements given below, then you must complete a planning application before proceeding.
• In a terraced house, the converted loft space must not be more than 40 cubic metres.
• In a detached building or semi detached house, the converted loft space must not be more than 50 cubic metres.
• The existing roof slope at the front of the house must cover the extension made.
• The extension should not increase the height of the roof in any way.
• Verandas, balconies and any other structures of this nature must not be included in the extension’s plan.
• The side facing window openings should be at a minimum of 1.7 metres above the ground. The windows must be obscured as well.
• The roof extension should be set back as far as practically possible. It should be at a minimum of 20cm from the current eaves.
• The roof extension should not overhang the house’s roof or it’s wall.
• The materials to be incorporated must be the same or at least similar to what you already have on the house’s exterior.