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Since October 2008 the government passed a law allowing most garage conversions to be undertaken without the need for planning permission provided certain criteria are met.






There is a fee applicable and you should check with the planning office for a figure.

Planning applications can take up to 3 months or longer but may be quicker depending on the type of alterations required. A notice is usually given in the local newspaper, flyers posted around the local area giving details and of course the entire schedule is available to be viewed in the local planning office. This gives local residents time to object.

Should the application be refused, an appeal may be made or stipulations may be imposed in order to grant the permission. These may entail the planting of trees for example to hide the building from view or a stipulation on building materials to keep with local conservation standards.


If you’re not particularly adept with technical building drawings then it’s probably best to enlist the services of an architect. Their services for a planning application usually run at around the £500 - £1000 mark depending on your location. Should you require detail drawings for building control, these will be extra.

Remember, if you do the drawings yourself, they should be clearly understandable and done to a scale of 1:100. Any other scale will be rejected.

For more information please search the internet for approved documents relating to planning permission. Ultimate handyman no longer links to any Government website as they keep moving or deleting the pages which leaves us with hundreds of dead links on our site. We cannot put a copy of the approved documents on this server as the documents are regularly updated and so you could be viewing an out of date document.




Again, if you are in any doubt whatsoever, the best course of action is to speak to a planning advisor. This service is not usually chargeable and could save you a lot of grief in the long run.


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