Do you need planning permission for loft conversions? Our expert explains all

The inside of an attic that is to be converted
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'Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?' is one of the first questions you should ask yourself when assessing the potential of your attic space.

In many circumstances, it is possible to go ahead with the works under permitted development rights but whether or not these apply are very much dependent on your home, its location and what your intended project would include.

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is a professional planning consultant, who began his career working in local government in the 1990s. He was a council officer and later an elected councillor, so he knows how the planning system works from both sides. He went on to set up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd; a consultancy company that advises self builders, home extenders and those taking on small to medium-sized building projects on planning permission.