Do you need Planning Permission to Convert a Garage?
The last thing anyone wants is to find out that their construction project is not permitted by law and that the council wants them to take it down, which is why we here at NBC Construction often field the question “Do you need Planning Permission to Convert a Garage?” from many of our clients. Any unpermitted work that you undertake has to be righted again at your own cost, so naturally, most people want to make sure they’re good to go before they begin! So, just what do you need to get started?
It’s easy to see why converting a garage is an attractive option to many homeowners – it acts as an alternative to a traditional extension, but often causes less disruption during construction, and can still add value to your property.
However, like any construction project, you want to ensure before you begin that what you’re planning is legal, starting with whether you need planning permission. Generally speaking, garage conversions come under permitted development; however, every project is different and certain planning constraints may apply. Usual restrictions to this also apply, such as if your property is listed, or you live in a conservation area.
Even if you don’t require planning permission, most garage conversions will need a building regulations application for a change of use, whereby the structure will need to be inspected for LABC reference and compliance.