Building Regulations for Garage Conversions
Building Regulation Approval
A legal requirement with all integral or attached conversions but sometimes can be avoided for detached garages under 30 metres squared. This option is only advised when budgets are tight and a lesser standard is acceptable to the customer.
Type Approval Scheme
At the Garage Conversion Company we have succeeded in forming a partnership with Bedford Borough Council our local authority. The partnership is called a "Type Approval" and we are the only garage conversion company to be accredited with this scheme. The "Type Approval" means that our designs are acceptable to all Local Authorities in England because the detail has already been approved by Bedford Borough Council. This saves a considerable amount of time and in most cases provides a seamless way of securing approval by the quickest route possible.
Before starting work our office submits a Full Plans Building Regulation Application to the Bedford Borough Council and then Bedford forward it to the local authority in your region. The design has already been approved and all that is necessary from then on is for your local authority to check that we are building your conversion in accordance with the pre approved design.
The Building Inspector in your area inspects the work as we progress and when the conversion is complete he sends you a completion certificate.
It is important to keep your completion certificate in a safe place because when you eventually decide to sell your property , your purchasers solicitor will ask if any building works have been carried out on the property whilst you owned it and if so were those works done in accordance with the Building Regulations. He will require your completion certificate as proof.