Before you can convert your loft, check whether you need to meet certain building and planning regulations first. A loft conversion company in London can handle all the paperwork and take care of all these issues for you.
Therefore, if you want to convert your loft into a habitable room, you will need to abide health and safety laws, as well as construction regulations, such as ensuring sufficient structural strength of the new floor, stairs leading safely to the conversion, and a safe fire escape, all without compromising structural stability (and this includes the stability of the roof that is already in place). Moreover, the new conversion must be reasonably sound proofed from the rooms below.
Planning permission in the case of loft conversions is required in specific cases, as laid out in the updated planning law of October 2008. Thus, if your property deeds or a previous planning permission limits the development rights of your property, or if work is to be carried out on the loft of a flat, if you plan to raise your roof ridge line, or alter any part of the roof facing a highway, you will need to obtain permission first.
Other situations requiring permission include buildings that are of architectural or historic interest and fall under an “Article 4 Direction”, or are situated in a conservation area. Regulations also apply when adding volume externally to your loft with a dormer that exceeds 40 cubic meters for terraced houses and 50 cubic meters for all other houses.