hello please can someone advise i converted my sisters garage 3 years ago now she wants to sell to move to a smaller property they have a problem they had no planning they had no structural alterations done just put a window where the door was and built up to the window they had the estate agent up today they asked about the planning apparently the land is leasehold shes concerned they will be unable to sell has anyone got advice please her neighbor did the same 10 years and told her she did not need planning ! she was also told if no one reports the conversion with in 2 years no one can make her put it back into a garage ? thank you Paul
you don't need planning consent to convert a garage, but it needs to be insulated properly to comply with building regulations, So long as no structural work has been done, then there is no need to worry, explain this to prospective buyers
you need a regularisation certificate from building control. when people do garage conversions they forget when it is done via building notice an approval certificate is not issued. when any form of brickwork is done it needs to be checked by the BCO invariably it always involves inserting lintels insulation and electrics which need approval
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