Decal Scotland Ltd provide loft conversion services to clients in Bearsden.
One of the things that put people off when it comes to loft conversions is the idea of having to go through the planning permission process to get the okay for the project. But in the majority of cases, you don’t need to get planning permission to convert your loft – but there are rules that do apply.
The basic rules that allow you to convert your loft show that you can do this under Permitted Development as long as you don’t exceed 40 cubic metres of roof space for terraced houses or 50 cubic metres for semi-detached or detached houses. You can’t extend beyond the plane of the existing roof slope – which means the pitched roof of the house. And you can’t go above the highest part of the house roof.
Permitted Development also states that you need to use similar materials to the rest of the house, and you can’t add verandas, balconies or raised platforms. If you add side facing windows, these need to have obscured glass.
There are some exceptions to the rules – Listing Buildings are one obvious one but also areas such as areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) or conservation areas are usually excluded. To do work in homes in these areas, you do need to check with your planning department.