Boarshurst Lofts

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Planning Permission for Lofts & Dormers

Do I Need It? What Will it Cost

The UK planning system provides society with a fair way of controlling how we use land, what we build and where we build it. It helps preserve our heritage and improve the infrastructure around us.

Loft conversions and dormers generally do not need planning permission as most can be satisfactorally designed within Permitted Development Rights.

Planning Permission Examples

The circumstances where planning permnission for a loft conversion is needed, in our experience, are where:

  • a roof needs to be raised, on say a shallow, modern truss roof
  • a dormer is street facing
  • a proposed loft size exceeed Permitted Development limits
  • the development is in a conservation or green belt area
  • the property is listed

Local planning authority (LPA)

Planning applications are made to the local planning authority in accordance with the proccedure set out in this planning flow chart.

Our plans are assessed against criteria such as design, road and highways, neighbour that may be effected, wildlife and nature and environmental health.

We have significant experience creating plans that are passed first time through planning. Ask our surveyors about our excellent track record.


At Boarshurst we take our responsibilitities for compliance seriously so you have peace of mind over the project.

Choosing a building company with an excellent track record and reputation for high quality construction and excellent customer servie is important soyou can manage design decisions, your budget and importantly from a local authority standpoint - compliance. In the words of the government (planningportal.gov.uk): "the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not). Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration)."

Serious stuff when put like that. But it's why we take our committments and obligations to clients seriously. Our reputation depends on us meeting agreed quality measures, build times and quoted prices.

That is why we hope you'll choose Boarshurst. Our policy is to providing clear, upfront information on design, methods, costs, fees and other charges so the build and our relationship with you is based on understanding. This is important with more complex developments needing Planning Permission.

Understand the potential within your loft. Book a FREE, no obligation assessment with our professional surveyor.

0800 505 3414

To take advantage of out free fixed priced quotes for the entire conversion from start to finishand Local Authority certification call us and arrange to speak to one of our surveyors.

We're sure you'll be happy that you put the process in our hands.


Please note that this information is intended only as a summary guide only and not a basis for making decisons on. It is not a substitute for discussing details of an individual loft with a professional surveyor.

Boarshurst Lofts

If you think you will need Planning Permission for your loft call us on 0800 505 3414 and receive a free quote. Our Architectural Planning Service is throughout the whole of the UK.

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