Loft conversion has no permission

Loft conversion has no permission

Before we purchased our house, the previous owners had carried out a loft conversion. This did not involve any changes to the roof (a velux window was installed to the rear). They built in storage under the eaves, a staircase up to the attic and floored the attic. The head height on the staircase is very low.

They did not obtain planning permission or a building warrant. We are now trying to sell our house and a potential purchaser has raised this as an issue. Is the any way we can obtain a letter of comfort from the Council?

Thanks for your help.

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission06-07-2013

    Hello Emma.

    If the loft conversion wasn’t carried out to the building regulations it is unlikely that building control would issue a letter of comfort to say it could be used as a room. It is likely they would ask for it to be altered to suit current building regulations and proven that the structure if the roof is suitable to support a habitable room.

    You could get an architect to have a look at it to give you some advice on how far away it is from meeting the building regulations but from what you have said it sounds like it would not be anywhere near.

    For a stair you need to have a 2 metre height from the pitch of the stair, it also has to meet certain requirments for height, width of steps and angle of stair.

    There are many other regulations that would also apply.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission.

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