Do I need conservatory planning permission?

June 7th, 2012

Homeowners looking to extend their home, wanting added space and value, are often unaware of whether they’ll need conservatory planning permission.

Conservatories are the best home improvement for adding value to your home and uPVC conservatories have a number of benefits for every homeowner. The great thing with conservatories is you can choose a style to suit your home and set it apart from other similar installations.

Some of the most popular conservatory styles include Victorian, Georgian, bespoke and lean-to. But how do you know if you’ll need conservatory planning permission?

Regulations state that a conservatory is permitted development. This means you won’t need conservatory planning permission, so long as it doesn’t break one of the conditions.

Conservatory planning permission is not required so long as:

  • Half of the land around your original property is not covered by a conservatory or other buildings
  • The conservatory installation is not higher than the existing property’s roof
  • The conservatory does not extend the property by more than three metres for an attached property, or four metres for a detached home
  • The height does not stretch past four metres
  • There are no verandas, balconies or raised platforms

Other reasons that you would need conservatory planning permission would be:

  • If you plan on extending past the rear wall of your home by more than three metres
  • If the eaves and ridge height will be above your existing home

What you need to be aware of though, is that this permitted development applies to houses and not flats. Conservatory planning permission for flats and maisonettes differs to other properties.

Listed properties also fall under a different category and speaking to your local council or planning officer will help you with information on whether conservatory planning permission is needed.

Another side note to be aware of is that if you plan on having an extension over 100 sqm, you could be faced with a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Conservatories are very popular in the UK and uPVC is often the material of choice because of its fantastic qualities as a durable, hardwearing product. With aluminium, although it’s great for weather resistance and durability, it’s very costly and could be much more than you intend to spend.

Another option is hardwood, but this runs into problems too with high levels of maintenance required to ensure the wood doesn’t rot, warp or bow.

uPVC doesn’t suffer from these problems and is manufactured with stabilisers and additives to protect it from the sun’s UV rays and ensure it’s great for weather resistance. What’s more, uPVC can now be coloured to resemble the traditional look of hardwood.

If you’re interested in a conservatory that can be used all year round, why not apply for free conservatory quotes and see how much you could save.