Garage Conversions

Will my garage conversion need building regulation approval?

Building Contractors Bromsgrove Worcestershire – Garage Conversions

Yes it will. A garage conversion which has not been completed in accordance with building regulations is technically illegal and your local authority could enforce the reversal of any work which has been carried out.

What do I need to do?

We deal with all elements of Building Control Notice applications on your behalf. The fee payable to your local authority is inclusive within our quotation.

How does the procedure work?


We will submit the relevant paperwork to your local authority. We will arrange for the building inspector to meet with us at various points throughout the duration of your garage being converted and inspect our work. You will be issued with a final ‘pass’ certificate which is for you to retain with your property documents. It shows that your garage conversion meets the current legislative requirements and will be required by your solicitor if you decide to sell your property at a later date.

Will my garage conversion require planning permission?

Not in the vast majority of cases. As a matter of best practice we contact your local authority and request that they respond to us in writing to confirm that planning permission is not required.

What happens if I do need planning permission?

Very occasionally a garage conversion may need planning permission. An instance of this might be were permitted development rights have been removed. We can take responsibility for all aspects of the planning process on your behalf including completing your application, drawing up all plans an liaising with the planning department throughout. Our planning permission service is fully inclusive and undertaken by our own specialists including all relevant maps, administration documentation and scale drawings.

I’ve heard about Part P – what is this?


Part P is a relatively new standard which relates to the electrical work carried out at your home to ensure that it meets the stringent criteria which have been set by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). All of the electrical requirements in your garage conversion are carried out by a fully qualified and registered electrician and the safety certificate will be passed on to you and your local authority building inspector.

Further information on all aspects of Building Control and Planning Permission, including guidance notes, applications, the appeals procedure and online applications can be found at the Governments online Planning portal.

What are building regulations?

A legal set of requirements throughout England and Wales under which all building work must be conducted. Your Local authority Building Control Department is responsible for ensuring that high standards are maintained and any work we complete is carried out in accordance with the latest regulations, for example health and safety, insulation and the environmental issues.


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