Can I convert the garage to a kitchen using Permitted Development rights?

You can convert the garage to a kitchen using Permitted Development rights. Check for any planning conditions attached to the house or garage when constructed. There are instances where the garage cannot be changed from vehicle parking due to there is being insufficient parking space externally to meet the planning requirements.

Where the conversion falls under Permitted Development, it is a good idea to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC). It proves that you have lawful use of the converted garage as a habitable room in the event that you wish to sell or remortgage the property at a later date. Draw up a set of scaled plans and then apply for the LDC; it takes about 8 weeks to get an answer and costs £75.

You will require Building Control approval because of the change of use to a habitable room.