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Key regulations for loft conversions

Building Regulations are of key importance to any construction work that takes place within your home. Building regulations protect the homeowner and general public by ensuring that buildings are safe, efficient and healthy places to live in.

There are an extensive list of regulations concerning methods of construction and the materials used. These are considered whilst initially assessing design proposals and then during construction by a building inspector who carries out regular checks, to ensure compliance.

This article provides a selection of the most Frequently Asked Questions based on current legislation (which can change from time to time).

What are Building Regulations?


Are Building Regulations needed for a loft conversion?


What changes are required to a two storey house to convert the loft?


Can home owners keep their existing doors?

  • It is necessary to change the doors to fire doors. In some rare cases, if the doors are inspected and are seen as of historical or architectural merit then it may be possible to retain existing doors.

Are homeowners allowed to have glazed doors?


Are smoke alarms needed when converting the loft?


Can homeowners just have smoke alarms instead of changing the existing doors?


Are sprinkler systems required when converting a loft in a three storey property?


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