Converting the roof space may
be a convenient way of obtaining additional living space in an existing dwelling
house, without extending into the garden.
However there are many issues to be resolved before any
works are carried out. There is a legal requirement to comply with building
regulations, including those related to fire safety. The purpose of these fire
safety requirements is to safeguard you and your family, should a fire occur in
This leaflet, from the Department of the Environment,
Community and Local Government highlights the principal fire safety issues that
need to be considered when converting the roofspace (loft / attic) in an
existing dwelling house.