As an expert conservatory installer in the UK, we know that planning permission for conservatories can be a subject which confuses many people. In fact, one of the most common questions we get asked about conservatories is regarding planning permission requirements. For many people, it comes as a surprise that the decision to have a UPVC conservatory installed is not entirely their own.
Although building a conservatory is one of the best ways to add extra room and value to your home, it is a big commitment and you may not be able to begin work without gaining planning permission.
What is Planning Permission?
Planning permission takes into consideration the visual and aesthetic effect of a new building or extension on both the existing property and the surrounding homes. There are certain structures you are allowed to build without applying for planning permission because of something called ‘permitted development rights’. These are granted to property owners by Parliament and some single-storey rear extensions do fall into this category.
Why is Planning Permission Required for Conservatories?
Planning permission is a legal requirement in England and Wales, and allows you to build on or change the use of land or buildings. The reason it is often required for conservatory installations is because you will be building on to or making changes to your home. What’s more, for some property types you may have to undergo a neighbour consultation scheme. This will ensure that your home improvement project will not negatively impact your neighbours or their living spaces.
Conservatories that Don’t Require Planning Permission
Single-storey conservatory extensions can be installed without permission if they abide by the following conditions:
– Side extensions must not extend beyond half the width of the original house.
– There’s a maximum height of 4 metres, or 3 metres high if within 2 metres of boundary.
– The roof ridge or highest part is no higher than the eaves of your property’s roof.
– The house has already been extended.
– The conservatory does not cover more than half your garden.
As of May 2019, you will be allowed to extend your property with a conservatory installation by up to 8 metres for detached properties, or 6 metres for other house types.
How Do You Know if You Need Planning Permission?
Whether or not your conservatory needs planning permission depends entirely on your project specification. We know that every case is individual and that’s why our team will work to assess your conservatory design, requirements, and location to help establish whether planning permission is required or not.
How to Apply for Planning Permission
When going ahead with your conservatory installation, your first point of contact regarding planning permission is your local council’s planning application department. This is where you submit the plans for your conservatory project so that you can find out whether planning permission is required.
The next step is to complete an application with detailed drawings showing exactly what the conservatory being built is going to look like. This official application will then be put on public display at local council’s offices. It typically takes around two months for the planning department to make a decision on your project. However, this can vary depending on the complexity of your conservatory installation.
Building Regulations and Planning Permission, What’s the Difference?
So many people assume that building regulations and planning permission are one in the same thing. However, they are both separate requirements. Planning permission considers the aesthetics of a property and its effect on the neighbourhood, while building regulations consider how the structure must be constructed in terms of thermal efficiency. If you want to add a conservatory to your property, you must comply with building regulations in addition to planning permission.
A conservatory is only exempt from building regulations when:
– Measuring less than 30sqm in size.
– It has its own independent heating system that is not attached to the central heating.
– It is no less than 1 metre away from any boundary.
– 80% or more is a translucent roof.
– It is built only at ground level.
To find out whether you need building regulations for your conservatory, contact your local planning authority service for advice.
What Happens if You Build without Permission?
If you don’t get planning permission for your conservatory installation and it requires it, this is an offence. At the very best, you will have to make some costly amendments out of your own pocket. At worst, the local authorities have the power to tear down your building if it has been illegally built. The consequences of skipping the planning permission stage and building anyway can have serious repercussions, so we strongly recommend you get the official go-ahead before commencing any work.
Our Team are Here to Help
If you’re unsure whether your conservatory installation requires planning permission, please do not hesitate to contact our team today. We are here to help answer any questions you may have. What’s more, our experts will provide you with all the support you need throughout the conservatory installation process.
We Can Tackle Any Conservatory Project
With a background in building and home improvements dating back to 1966, we have all the experience needed to see your conservatory installation through to completion. Whether you live in a detached house, in a listed building, conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty, our team can help. There is no conservatory installation we do not shy away from! So, contact our team today to discuss your requirements.