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Your loft conversion will be subject to a number of statutory obligations. These include Building and Planning Regulations, Legal Requirements and where appropriate the Party Wall Act. You can visit these local authority web sites for more information.
Below you will find all the information you will need to get started on your loft conversion
Can My Loft Be Converted?
In most cases yes it can be done. We can arrange to visit you and discuss your potential new space without obligation. During your appointment we will honestly tell you what can be done within the current legislation to maximise the potential of your conversion. Loft conversion styles vary considerably, ranging from a Velux-only conversion to roofs requiring dormers at the front or rear. Hip end roofs may require gable conversions or side dormers to allow space for regulation head room above the staircase. The minimum height requirement is 2.2 metres from the top of the ceiling joist to the underside of the apex (ridge/ highest point.) We offer a full architectural drawing and planning service, working closely with our clients from the outset to achieve the best solution within their budget.
We prepare plans for you which include floor plans, elevations and sections drawn to a scale of not less than 1:100 (preferably 1:50) for the floor plans and sections.
A site plan showing the distances to boundaries etc. at a scale of 1:500.
A location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or (1:2500).
We show the materials used in the construction, including where appropriate their sizes , grades, quality, strength, manufacturer's references etc.
We give details of gradients of above and below ground drains. We include any necessary structural calculations.
The Building Regulations apply to building work in England & Wales and set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.
On receiving an order from the customer and after drawing a set of plans, we submit on your behalf a full plans application for your proposed loft conversion to the local authorities.
These will consist of:
One completed full plans application form.
Two copies of the detailed drawings of the proposed building work.
The appropriate fee which we will pay on your behalf. For more information go to www.planningportal.gov.uk
Will I need planning permission
Planning permission is not normally required. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions. Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses*.
A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses*.
No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway.
No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas**.
Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the eaves.
*Bear in mind that any previous roof space additions must be included within the volume allowances listed above. Although you may not have created additional space a previous owner may have done so.
**Designated areas include National Parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Areas and World Heritage Sites. Please note: the permitted development allowances described here apply to houses not flats, maisonettes or other buildings.
For more information go to the planning portal www.planningportal.gov.uk
The Party Wall Act
The Party Wall Act 1966 was introduced to provide a framework preventing and resolving disputes between neighbours.
If you are intending to carry out building work which involves:
Work on existing wall or floor shared with another property.
Building on the boundary with neighbouring property.
Excavating near a neighbouring property.
Then you must find out whether that work falls within the Act. If it does, you must notify all affected neighbours. Providing the following information Our own name and address (Joint owners must also be named).
Address of building to be worked on.
Full description of the works you are proposing, which can be in drawing form.
When you propose to start works.
The Act requires you to follow a standard procedure to inform and seek the agreement of all adjoining owners before undertaking the works. Whilst giving formal procedures the Act also encourages discussions and negotiations between parties. It also gives guidance on resolving any disputes that arise. Copies of a detailed guide entitled 'The Party Wall ect Act 1996 - Explanatory booklet' are available from the Planning Receptions of your local Council. Copies of the Act itself are published by HMSO and can be purchased from any of their national retail outlets. Further information on the Party Wall Act and a downloadable form can be found at www.planningportal.gov.uk
To confirm your order with AMD Loft Conversions you will be required to sign a standard contract and pay an initial deposit. Before signing the contract our surveyor will confirm, in writing, the date when work will commence. Once AMD Loft Conversions has received your deposit and contracts have been signed, we will proceed with producing detailed plans and structural calculations. These will also be submitted to the local council, or the Government approved Inspector, with the relevant fees, for approval.
Approximately two weeks before the agreed commencement date AMD Loft Conversions will contact you to confirm arrangements. On the day that work commences one of our qualified teams of workmen will arrive at 8.00am to start work. Once work has started we are committed to your project from start to finish.