Planning Permission: Do I Need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

Planning Permission: Do I Need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

There are many reasons to consider adding a conservatory to your property: it gives you extra space in your home, increases the value of your property and creates a nice link between your home and the garden.

But one of the main reasons for people not going ahead with a new conservatory is planning permission. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be something of a minefield and the last thing you want is to complete your wonderful new conservatory, only to be told to remove it again. 

Ultimately, you hold responsibility for seeking planning permission, which is enough to put some people off. But hopefully, this article will give you an idea of when you will need planning permission and how to obtain it. 

When do you need planning permission? 

Permitted Development Rights allow you to complete home building projects without applying for planning permissions. Conservatories fall into this category. However, there are some circumstances to watch out for which may mean you required planning permission. 

You will require planning permission if: 

  • The conservatory will cover more than 50% of the land around the house 
  • The conservatory will be positioned on the side of the house that faces the road 
  • The conservatory will be higher than the highest point of the existing roof
  • The height of the eaves and ridge will be higher than the existing house
  • If the height of the eaves will be more than 3 metres if the conservatory is sited within 2 metres of the boundary. 
  • The conservatory will be built to the side of the house and will be more than a single storey or higher than 4 metres
  • The conservatory will be built to the side of the house and be wider than half the width of the original house
  • The conservatory will be built to the rear of the house and will extend beyond 6 metres from a semi-detached house or 8 metres from a detached house. 
  • The conservatory will be built to the rear and be higher than 4 metres

Do You Need Building Regulations for a Conservatory? 

Conservatories are exempt from building regulations providing they are deemed a conservatory by fulfilling the following criteria: 

  • The floor area covers no more than 30 square metres
  • The conservatory is built at ground level
  • The conservatory is separated from the house by a wall or windows
  • The conservatory has a heating system that is independent of the main house 
  • Glazing and fixed electrical installations comply with building regulations. 

Other Restrictions to Consider

There are other rules you need to consider before installing a conservatory, many of which won’t apply to your home. If, however, you live in a listed building, you’ll need to obtain listed building consent. 

If you live within or near a conservation area, national park, area of outstanding natural beauty or world heritage site, additional restrictions will apply. 

How to Obtain Planning Permission

Planning permission can be sought by contacting your local council. Local authorities have their own planning department; whether you believe planning permission is applicable to you or not, you should contact your local planning department for further guidance. 

If you’re ready to build your new conservatory and you’d like to discuss your options, talk to Stafford uPVC to discover more about what’s on offer and get a quote for the work. 

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