Conservatories – When is planning approval needed?

by | July 4, 2017


When is comes to extending your home, a Conservatory is always worth considering, especially as one of the main benefits is that Planning Approval is not usually required.

However there are certain circumstances that mean planning may be necessary. Here at Keymer, we have an extensive knowledge of Conservatories and the regulations surrounding installing one at your home.

To help you out, we have created this handy guide detailing when planning permission is needed.

– A conservatory can be built without Planning Approval on the back of your house up to the full width of your house with the following restrictions: on a detached house, the depth must not exceed four meters and on a semi-detached or terraced house, the depth must not exceed three meters

– The depth measurement must be taken from the back wall of the original house

– If your house has already been extended, then Planning Approval will probably be required

– In “Conservation Areas”, “Areas of Outstanding Beauty” or “Listed Buildings” Planning Approval will normally be required

– Building Regulation Approval isn’t required for a conservatory with a glass or polycarbonate roof, providing there are external quality doors between the house and conservatory

– If the back wall of your house is to be opened up to the conservatory and no doors fitted, then Planning Approval should be obtained

– If your Conservatory (new or existing) is to be fitted with a solid, Guardian roof, then Building Regulations Approval is required

If you are still unsure about whether Planning Approval is needed, please get in contact with us on 01444 246051 and our Conservatory experts can advise you.


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