Do I need planning permission for conservatories

April 11th, 2012

Planning permission for conservatories often confuses homeowners and many people are unsure of what the regulations are. However, in most cases a conservatory is allowed and is known as permitted development.

Planning permission for conservatories is needed if your extension will break one of the following criteria:

  • Half of the land around the original property can’t be covered by the conservatory
  • The roof of the conservatory can’t exceed your home’s original roof
  • A single storey conservatory can’t exceed the rear wall of your home by three metres (if an attached house) or four metres (if detached)
  • A single storey conservatory must not exceed the height of four metres
  • There must be no verandas, balconies or raised platform


However, if you’re putting in the time and money to have a conservatory installed, it’s best checking with your local council the planning permission for conservatories. It’d be a waste to build something, only to be forced to remove it later down the line.

Contacting your local planning officer can clear up any queries you may have regarding planning permission for conservatories.

Using a reputable builder will also help you avoid any complications with both planning permissions and Building Regulations.

Building Regulations are slightly different and govern health and safety rules and features such as doors and windows. Building regulations will need to be applied for in a separate application than planning permission.

Of course, using a professional company who are aware of the ins and outs of planning permission for conservatories will ease your worries and ensure your extension is on the right tracks.

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