Planning permission is not usually required, providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building. If your intention is to convert a garage into a separate house (regardless of who will occupy it), then planning permission may be required no matter what work is involved. Sometimes permitted development rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions and therefore you should contact your local planning authority before proceeding, particularly if you live on a new housing development or in a conservation area. Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required.
Every council has a Building Control department whose role is to make sure all building works are safe and that the materials used are appropriate for the purpose.
- General building works
- Loft conversions
- Plumbing and Heating
- Structural works