Before renovations can begin for block paving driveways or loft conversion projects at your Margate property, clients should check to see if any planning permission is required first. Interior refurbishments, such as painting and decorating or kitchen fit-outs, don’t typically need council permits. However, extensive work carried out by a builder that affects exteriors should be confirmed. At Bentley Builders, our project management includes ensuring building codes are adhered to, including damp proofing and safety regulations.
If the concept for your Margate property involves an extension or loft conversion, you may need permission from the local authorities in Kent. This can easily be organised by our team at Bentley Builders. Most loft conversions, such as a dormer, hip-to-gable, mansard or VELUX loft conversion with a skylight, don’t usually require a permit if their design adheres to the following:
Painting and decorating the exterior of the building and loft conversion can be completed with paint, pebbledash or cladding. If your Margate property is a listed building or located on a British Heritage site, any interior or exterior work is subject to planning permission. To adhere to UK Building Regulations, any approved basement or loft conversion requires damp proofing for optimal health and safety.
If you’re planning to lay block paving stones for your front garden or driveway, Margate clients won’t need apply for planning permission if they choose to have their driveways made from permeable or semi-permeable materials. Block paving, such as limestone, sandstone, slate, concrete, brick, tarmac, asphalt and resin bonded driveways are made from porous materials which drain excess water below ground to the water table.
Following the changes to UK law in October 2008, driveways without porous surfaces or borders, Soakaway trenches or nearby lawns that can absorb or direct run-off water to the drainage system, require authorisation from the council. This reduces the likelihood of flooding. Margate clients will also benefit from safer, permeable block paving which limits slippage and damage to your Margate property, which might require damp proofing from rainwater ingress.