Loft Conversion Building Regulations

03/11/2010 | No comments

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Loft conversion building regulations

Lofts are generally designed to be accessible for maintenance purposes only, as the joists are usually incapable of supporting normal domestic floor loads.  If you wish to convert this space to another use, Building Regulation approval will be required.  The most common uses are:

  • Bedroom(s)
  • A bathroom
  • A playroom
  • A study/office
  • An Gym

Where you intend to store lightweight items such as suitcases and general household items, the provision of loose boarding is generally satisfactory although such an installation should not affect any insulation material.  An application would not be required in such circumstances provided that the access to the area is by ladder and not by a new staircase.

Due to the potential complexity of loft conversions with regard to the structural and fire safety aspects we strongly recommend that you use the Full Plans procedure and have the application approved before you start work.  If a Building notice is submitted and work commences before details have been approved there is the risk of work having to be corrected after it has been done.

Loft conversions are mistakenly considered to be a simple procedure.  This is not the case and they should be designed and constructed by persons who are aware of the health and safety aspects that affect building occupiers.

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