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Internal garage conversion

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by PeterS123, 23 Sep 2020.

  1. PeterS123

    PeterS123

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    Hi

    I wanted to convert my internal garage into a room. I'd get somebody to brick it up and put in a window, then finish the insides myself. The question I have is do I need to get the buildings control involved at all? The room will be a study, with a raised floor to match the rest of the house (joists with insulation inbetween+ floor boards). Both my neighbours did theirs, and didn't bother with the buildings control BUT they haven't tried selling the house yet ;)

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  2. frutbunn

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    Yeah it needs B regs due to a change in its energy status. there may also be some structural and means of escape issues.
    This is quite a popular one for retrospective approval when people come to sell.
     
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    Thanks frutbunn. That's some useful information there. After you've mentioned retrospective I did some more searching and come across an article saying a lot of people buy indemnity insurance in such circumstances. Sounds ridiculous that doing things properly (B regs) cost around £400 and an "insurance" will be a £100 IF the buyer insists... Now I know the logic of why neighbours couldn't be bothered
     
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    The other issue with not applying for building regulation approval when you should, and living with unauthorised work, is that you potentially invalidate your house insurance cover.
     
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