GARAGE CONVERSION BUILDING REGULATIONS JAREDA | Author: Tom Norris

GARAGE CONVERSION BUILDING REGULATIONS

The conversion of a garage, or part of a garage, into habitable space will normally require approval under the Building Regulations.

The works that Building Control will be interested in are:

Doors & Windows: An external window or door is a "controlled fitting" under the Building Regulations and as a result of this classification these Regulations set out certain standards to be met when such a window or door is replaced.

Drainage: There are two systems of drainage that you need to think about: 'foul' and 'surface water'. In general, these two systems should be kept separate.

Electrics: If you are carrying out electrical installation work in your home or garden in England and Wales, you must comply with the rules in the Building Regulations. It is best to use an installer registered with a competent person scheme (a ‘registered competent person’) who can self-certify compliance with the Building Regulations.

External Walls: If you want to re-render or replace timber cladding to external walls, building regulations may apply depending on the extent of the work. Where 25 per cent or more of an external wall is re-rendered, re-clad, re-plastered or re-lined internally or where 25 per cent or more of the external leaf of a wall is rebuilt, the regulations would normally apply and the thermal insulation would normally have to be improved.

Internal Walls: If you wish to build a new internal wall, remove an internal wall, or form an opening in an internal wall, building regulations will normally apply.

There are typically two types of internal walls:

Roofs: If you want to carry out repairs on or re-cover less than 25 per cent of the area of a pitch or flat roof, you will not normally need to submit a building regulations application. You will need approval, however, if:

Insulation: Making significant changes to thermal elements (walls, roofs or floors) would normally require Building Regulations approval and require the thermal insulation of the element to be upgraded to a reasonable standard.

The extent to which the work on the element is controlled and the amount of upgrading needed depends on the particular circumstances of the thermal element. Generally, when it is renovated then it should be upgraded, where it is cost effective to do so


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