When is a garage not a garage?
The simple answer to this is ‘when it’s converted’. With a story of a creative couple who hid a separate dwelling behind a removable garage door having recently featured in the Metro newspaper, we’re sharing some useful advice on garage conversions.
To address the headline issue, planning permission is not usually needed for a garage conversion as long as the work is internal and the building itself remains the same size. That said, if the garage will in effect be converted into a separate house – irrespective of who will be living there – then it may be necessary to apply for planning consent. Whatever you’re planning, it’s always worth running the idea past the local planning department in any event. There are situations where permitted development rights have been removed from some properties, particularly those located on new housing developments or in conservation areas. And if your building is listed, you may need specific consent to proceed.
When planning your garage conversion, it is helpful to be mindful of the areas where regulations apply. These include:
- Doors and windows
- External walls
- Internal walls
Further information on these areas is available here.
It is likely that a garage conversion will result in you removing the existing garage door and replacing it with a solid wall and/or window. If that is the case, it’s important to consider the foundations required, the type of soil the garage is standing on, the location of nearby trees, drains and sewers, and the overall condition of the ground. Further guidance on this is available here.
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