Planning and Building Regulations for a Conservatory
Planning permission for a conservatory
Under the regulations that came into effect on the 1st October 2008 conservatories are considered to be a permitted development and as a rule will not require planning permission. However there are some restrictions to bear in mind for example, you cannot cover half your land around the original house with a conservatory or build it higher than your existing roof.
If the house has already had an extension added by previous owners this needs to be taken into consideration. Also sheds and other out buildings need to be included when calculating the use of 50% of the land. Our sales representatives work with the local planning departments and will be able to help you through this process.
Listed buildings will properly need consent for a conservatory to be added to the property, just as it would need consent to carry out any other home improvements.
Follow this really useful link to the planning portal where there is a very simple mini guide in visuals to help you understand what you can and can’t do when thinking of adding a conservatory to your home. Our sales team will be able to advise you and help you understand this process.
Building regulations for a conservatory
Building regulations as a rule apply if you intend to build an extension to your property. However, conservatories are normally exempt when they meet a number of conditions:
They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area
At least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof is either glazed or translucent material
The conservatory is separated from the house by existing external quality door(s).
Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements
You are advised not to construct a conservatory where they restrict ladder access to windows in the roof or loft conversions; particularly if any of the windows are intended to help escape if there was a fire.
Where building regulations would be required
Any new structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house will require building regulations consent, even if the conservatory itself is an exempt structure.
If you would like to know more about our services and conservatories please call us on 01789 720222 or you can visit us at our conservatory show room
Stratford Garden Centre