Whether you’re going for a new study, gym, bedroom, or playroom, you’re probably wondering whether or not your garage conversion needs planning permission.
Unlike extensions, garage conversions are less about building new space, and more about better-utilising space already available to you. Because of this, planning policy for these projects is a little different.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Planning permission for garage conversions
So, will you need planning permission? Unlikely.
In fact, it’s estimated only 10% of garage conversions will require full planning permission, the rest come under permitted development rights. These rights ensure, as long as the work you’re carrying out is internal, and you’re not trying to enlarge the existing structure, you’re free to proceed to the building regulations stage.
Permitted development rights
To comply with permitted development rights, your project will need to follow these rules...
- Works are internal
- Uses similar building materials to the existing house
- Does not enlarge the building
You may also need planning permission if you’re changing a detached garage into a living space - such as a bedroom, living room, or small annexe.
Unfortunately, some homes are excluded from the permitted development scheme, such as..
- Flats / maisonettes
- Listed buildings
- Some new developments
- Most homes within a conservation area
If in doubt about your planning route, either consult your local authority or ask your architect.