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Do loft/attic conversions fall under the requirement for statutory certification?

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Generally, they do not fall under this requirement. Where upgrade works may combine a loft/attic conversion with an extension, it’s the size of the extension only (i.e. not counting the pre-existing attic space) that determines whether the requirement applies. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has produced a guidance note on this matter:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/building-standards/loft-conversion/loft-conversion-leaflet

Homeowners, builders and designers should remember that the relevant Building Regulations requirements generally apply to works irrespective of whether they are subject to building control procedures.

Works should not be of a nature so as to create a new or ensure a greater contravention of Building Regulations requirements.

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If you are in any doubt, contact your local Building Control Authority.