Building a conservatory can be a great addition to your home. They can be perfect for those long summer evenings and allowing more light into a room in your home. If you’ve decided to get a conservatory, you’re probably very keen to get started with your conservatory. Unfortunately, there are a few things you need to consider first. The main thing is planning permission. Sadly, no matter how badly you might want that conservatory, you might need to get planning permission for it first. But this is not always the case. Read on to find out more about whether or not you need planning permission.
Is planning permission required for a conservatory extension?
According to regulations that came into effect in 2008, a conservatory can be considered a “permitted development”. This essentially means that, provided you stick to the regulations and guidelines, you do not need planning permission to build a glazed roof or a tiled roof conservatory. Which is good news if you are planning to have a standard conservatory.
What are the conditions?
In order for your conservatory to be exempt from requiring planning permission, you need to abide by these conditions:
– The conservatory can’t cover more than half of your garden.
– The roof must be no higher than the height of your property.
– There’s a maximum height of 4 meters, or 3 meters if your conservatory is within 2 meters of a boundary.
– Side extensions cannot extend beyond half the width of the house.
– The extension is not on the principal or side elevation facing a highway.
– If the conservatory is single-story, it must not go beyond the rear wall of the original house.
– There must be no verandas, balconies, or raised platforms.
When it comes down to it, whether or not your conservatory needs planning permission depends on a whole load of factors, and every case should be treated individually. Make sure you get a consultation before starting any building work. Seeking retrospective planning permission is against the law and local authorities do have the power to take down any illegally built structures. It’s also important to note that Scotland and Northern Ireland have different regulations to England and Wales.
What about the conservatory roof?
As you can see from the list above, there are requirements related to the roof of your conservatory. The first is that it can’t be any higher than the height of your property. This is a fairly easy regulation to stay within. However, you should still notify the local authorities that you are having your conservatory built.
If you’re having the roof of your conservatory replaced, it is unlikely you’ll need planning permissions so long as you stick within the current building regulations. However, if you’re living in a sensitive area or a listed home, then you will probably need planning permission. This applies if your house is in an area of outstanding natural beauty or national park too. As always, we recommend getting a full consultation before starting building work of any kind. This is the best way to avoid complications later on throughout a build or even after.
In conclusion, if you are looking to have a conservatory built on your property you should always double-check with what regulations stand and the requirements that you need the conservatory to meet, to surpass inspections and regulations.