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Ceilings and floors

Ceilings and floors

If you are planning to replace insulation or aspects of your ceiling or floor with like-for-like parts, you do not need to seek planning permission. If you are installing a new ceiling or floor, you will need to consult the building regulations set out in the Approved Documents by your Local Planning Authority.

If you own a listed building, or a building that is in a conservation area, it is likely that you will need to be granted planning permission.

Planning permission

In general, you do not need planning permission to replace a floor or ceiling in your property, whether it’s residential or industrial. Limitations do however apply to listed buildings.

Building regulations

Building regulations apply to the installation of new ceilings and floors under certain circumstances. In the case of ceilings, if more than 25% of the new ceiling is below a cold loft space or if a flat roof is being replaced then building regulations will apply, which will take into account any thermal installation and condensation risks. There are different requirements for different types of ceilings and so we recommend that you consult your Local Planning Authority before carrying out any work.

In the case of floors, a new installation must meet the minimum energy efficiency values set out in your Local Planning Authority’s Approved Documents. Likewise, if you are carrying out renovation work on a solid or suspended floor which involves the replacement of timber, there are certain standards that must be met to ensure proper insulation and safety.

Listed buildings

Installing a new ceiling or floor in a listed building, or refurbishing existing floor materials that are not like-for-like, will likely require Listed Building Consent. This can be granted by your Local Planning Authority. It’s highly recommend that you consult with them before undertaking any work.

Remember, it is a criminal offence to alter the characteristics of a listed property internally or externally without Listed Building Consent.

For more information on ceiling and floor planning permission, please visit The Planning Portal.

The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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