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The Approvals Process For Chelsea Loft Conversions

If you’re considering having loft conversions in Chelsea constructed at home, you do need to do your research first or you could find yourself seriously out of pocket as a result – and on the wrong side of your local council.

Your first step should be to sort out building regulations approval, which you’ll need to convert your loft or attic into a liveable space. The reason behind this is that you need to make sure the structural strength of your new floor is good enough, that there’s safe escape from fire, that the structure is stable enough (including the roof itself) and that the sound insulation between your new living space and the rooms beneath it is good enough.

The responsibility for these building regulations lies with your local authority or with a private company acting as an approved inspector. The approval process will entirely depend on whether you decide to go private or if you opt to use your council instead.

When employing a builder to do the work, make sure you know from the get-go whether or not they’ll take responsibility for making sure all work complies with the building regulations and whether they’ll also be responsible for liaising with your choice of building control service.

With regards to planning permission, you’ll be pleased to hear that where loft and attic conversions are concerned this is not usually a requirement. However, if you do intend to extend or change your roof space and it goes beyond the specified limits or conditions, you will need to have planning permission in place.

These limits include a volume allowance of 40 cubic metres extra roof space for terraced houses, 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached properties, no verandas, balconies or raised platforms, no extensions higher than the highest part of the roof and so on. This list is by no means exhaustive so you will need to check them yourself to ensure you’re not going to run into trouble later down the line.

The official government website has guidance on householder permitted developments, which would certainly be worth reading before you move forward with your conversion projects. This will help you understand how you can exercise your rights to carry out the job while looking after your neighbours’ interests and the wider environment as well.

If you’d like any further advice, help or information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Baltic Projects. eco builders today.