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Planning Permission for Building and Loft Conversion in Margate

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.



Loft Conversions and Extensions


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:


  • The maximum volume of a loft conversion can be 40 cubic metres for terraced buildings or 50 cubic metres for detached or semi-detached properties
  • A loft conversion or extension cannot be constructed by a builder if it reaches beyond the plane of the roof or the principal elevation facing the highway
  • Dormer, hip-to-gable and mansard loft conversions cannot be installed by a builder if it is higher than the roof of the Margate property or of it stretches beyond the roofline
  • Materials used for exterior modifications must match or appear like the rest of your property, including painting and decorating facades


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.



Block Paving Driveways


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.



Our services


  • We will liaise with the Kent County Council to apply for permits
  • Our builders will install loft conversions that comply with UK Building Regulations
  • We ensure basement and loft conversions have damp proofing membranes
  • We use premium products from Jewson for building, painting and decorating
  • All work is guaranteed with £5 million public and employer’s liability insurance
  • Kent County Council trading standards approve our team of builders

If you need advice about planning permission for block paving or loft conversion services at your Margate or Kent property, call 01304 209 299, 07802 644 462 or 07803 642 918.

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