Do I need a planning permission to build a Conservatory?
Building a new conservatory may require Planning Permission. Before starting the work you should find out whether your project is subject to these requirements and contact your Local Planning Authority.
You will not need a building regulations approval if:
- The conservatory must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 3m if it's an attached house or by 4m if detached. Note that if your property has been extended in the past you will have use up some or perhaps all of your 'permitted development' area and may need permission.
- It is less than 30m2 in floor area and is build at ground level.
- At least half of the new wall and ¾ of the roof are either glazed or translucent material.
- Glazing and fixed electrical installations have to comply with the building regulations requirements.
- Any heating system within the conservatory must be independent of the main building’s heating .
- System and have its own separate temperature and on/off controls.
- The extension is entered through an outside door from the house. Remember that if you are creating a structural opening between the conservatory and your house, you will need building regulation approval, even if the conservatory is considered an exempt structure!
- The new extension does not contain any drainage facilities. (i.e. sink, WC, or washing machine). An example of where building regulation approval is required is a kitchen/conservatory extension.
- Glazing in critical locations must satisfy the requirements of part N, Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations (toughened/safety glass).
Make sure that the creation of your conservatory does not cause any danger to health and safety. For example, the positioning must not affect the fire safety precautions of the existing house by obstructing an escape window.
You can use your new conservatory in so many ways, a second living room, a separate dining room, a home office, children playroom, a music room or an art studio. It may add value to your house.
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The information provided in this article is to be used strictly for guidance only. FindaTrade cannot accept liability for any of the information provided or any work carried out to your property using the information above. We recommend you always check the latest information provided on official websites for the most up to date rules and regulations.