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Do you need planning to convert a garage?

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Rob looks into the topic of garage conversions and whether or not planning permission is required for such projects. He explains the concept of integral garages and how they are integrated into the dwelling, and highlights the importance of checking with local councils, planning consultants, and architects to determine if planning permission is needed based on factors like covenants, Article 4 restrictions, and parking issues in the area. 


  • Garage conversions may or may not require planning permission, depending on various factors such as local covenants and Article 4 restrictions.
  • Integral garages are integrated into the dwelling, and converting them into living spaces or offices may fall under permitted development.
  • It is essential to consult with local councils, planning consultants, and architects to determine the need for planning permission.
  • Some councils may have Article 4 directions that remove specific permitted development rights, especially if there are parking issues in the area.
  • When converting a garage, it is crucial to consider building regulations, insulation, and proper construction to ensure the new space is functional and attractive.


"A lot of people are either using it for storage or in a few cases people are just not even using their garage full stop and they might want to convert that into a living space or an office or sometimes even a bedroom."

"The best people to ask would be your council, purely because, again, this is all area dependent."

"If your council believes there's an ongoing parking problem, it might use such a thing called an Article 4 to remove your right to convert your garage under permitted development."

"Always look at your insulation and that sort of stuff as well. Specifically the floor, because it will be a solid floor, so putting some scree down or some form of solid floor insulation, again, would be a very prudent thing to do."





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