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by Home User, Jun 28, 2012

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Q: We wish to take down an existing detached garage which is within the perimeters of our garden...

... and in it's stead, put up a flat pack building to incorporate a bathroom and living/bedroom area - do we need to obtain planning permission.

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by Matt Long, Jun 28, 2012

A: The short answer is yes. If you are converting your garage to living quarters, you will need planning permission and also the new building will have to conform to building regulations.

There may also be other covenants, etc, affecting what you can and can't do with buildings on your land.

Contact your local authority for more details, and take their advice on the issue. It is always best to get the planners on your side before attempting any work, even if you think you may not need any permission.

If you get it wrong, it can be very costly indeed!

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