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  • Writer's pictureLucian Baciu

Do you need planning permission for a garage conversion project?

Updated: Jun 14

When planning a garage conversion project, one of the first questions you ask yourself is do you need planning permission for a garage conversion? Let's find out together.

If you are converting a garage internally without extending its footprint, you may not need formal planning consent. However, in certain circumstances like conservation areas or if the council has parking restrictions, Permitted Development rights for this conversion could be revoked. It is advisable to consult your local planning authority before commencing any work. While this doesn't necessarily prohibit a garage conversion, you will have to apply for full planning permission and prepare a suitable set of drawings.

garage drawing

If you intend to fill the garage door space with bricks and potentially install a window or door, you will need to submit a planning application. In cases where the garage conversion impacts a shared wall with a neighbouring property, the Party Wall Act will also apply. Converting garages in listed buildings is a more complex process and requires obtaining Listed Building Consent.

Garage conversions always require Building Regulations consent and sign-off to ensure the space is suitable for occupation. A building inspector will have to be assigned and the local authority notified even for internal works only. Your home office must be structurally sound, have a damp-proof course, proper insulated, energy efficient, properly ventilated, and fireproofed. Both new and existing electrical systems will have to be checked. Oktav Projects can offer guidance on all necessary aspects.

For assistance with your garage conversion project, get in touch with Oktav Projects today! We will guide you through all the stages, from design to completion.

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