Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need planning permission to convert my loft into a bedroom/playroom etc?
You may need planning permission to convert the loft, but 99.9% of the time planning permission is not required. Most lofts can be converted under permitted development but you will need to comply with the latest building regulations. Give us a call and arrange a free visit for further information.
- I would like a loft ladder to be fitted but not sure if it will fit?
The easiest way to find out is to give us a call and arrange a free visit and quote, we can measure up and let you know, 99% of the time there is no problems. If there is we can advise on what needs to be done.
- I want to use my loft as a bedroom?
This is no problem but the work will need to be completed to the latest building regulations etc.
- Can I use my loft for storage purposes?
Yes you can, but you cannot use your loft for anything more than this as it is then classed as a loft conversion and the work will need to comply with building regulations.
- I would like to convert my loft but not sure if it can be done?
Give us a call and arrange a free survey and quote. It only takes a quick look inside your loft to confirm it, we can also advise were the stairs can go, what options you have and tell the you the cost etc.
- How long does a loft conversion take?
A loft conversion normally takes between 4-8 weeks to complete. It all depends on the size and the work involved. Dormer or no dormer, en-suite or no en-suite etc. Give us a call and we can give you further information based upon your requirements.
- Do neighbours have the right to object to what is proposed in a Building Regulations application?
There is no requirement to consult neighbours under the Building Regulations proposal. However, it would be courteous to advise your neighbours of the proposed works. If an application for planning permission is made, neighbours who may be affected by the proposal, have the right to object to the proposal.
- What is the difference between Planning and Building Control?
If you want to carry out building work, you may require both Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval. Planning and Building Control are separate; if you get one you are not guaranteed the other.
If a Building Regulations application is not required for proposed works, you must nevertheless ensure that you have checked whether planning permission or Listed Building consent is necessary.
Planning has more to do with the appearance of a building or an extension to a building and how it relates its surroundings. Building Control aims to see that the building satisfies its functional requirements and provides reasonable health, safety and comfort for the building users.
- Can you supply references?
Yes we can. If you would like to speak to any customers just let us know and we can arrange this.
- How long does building regulations approval remain valid for?
Building Regulations applications remain valid for three years after the date of submission. Planning permission also remains valid for three years.
If the applicant wants to start the proposed works more than three years have elapsed since the date of submission of the application, a new application is required and the works must comply with the standards that are current at the date of the subsequent application and not those current when the original application was submitted.
Once works have started, there is no limit for completing the works. However, you should periodically update the local authority of the progress of works and contact them once the works are completed or occupied.
- How soon can work start after submitting a building regulations application?
Legally you can start two working days after submitting a Building Regulations application.
However you must have given written notification of your intention to start works and have obtained any other necessary consent’s such as planning permission or permission from the water authority to build within three metres of a public sewer.
You should also be aware that in starting works at short notice, you are doing so at your own risk. If there has not been a reasonable opportunity for the details submitted to be vetted by the local authority.
At the end of the day, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the works comply with the Building Regulations and any other relevant legislation.