For many homeowners, having a conservatory is huge benefit to their property to increase the size of their home and add that much-needed room, whether it be a kitchen extension or home office. However, for those who decide to go ahead with having a conservatory built, there are some unwanted concerns and extra hassle.
Having a conservatory should be exciting; researching the different styles and shapes, deciding on the type of roof you should have and decorating it when it’s complete. The likes of planning permission and building regulations can take the fun out of the process, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let the team here at PCL guide you through the requirements for having a conservatory built.
What is planning permission?
Planning permission is required when you are hoping to carry out some building work. Being granted planning permission is a formal acceptance from your local authority and is required before you carry out any major changes to your home. Planning permission is usually required if you want to build something new, make a major change to the building, or change the use of your building.
Not all building projects need planning permission; this is known as permitted development rights. Projects of this kind include industrial premises, outdoor signs and demolition, but there are still some limitations and restrictions.
Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?
Having a conservatory added to your home is considered to be a permitted development, and doesn’t need an application for planning permission. However, this is only true if the conservatory adheres to a list of limits and conditions. If your conservatory complies with the following, then you don’t need planning permission.
- No more than half the area of land around the original home is covered
- No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
- Single-storey rear extension mustn’t extend beyond the wall of the original house by more the 3m if an attached house, or 4m if a detached house
- Maximum height of the single-storey extension of 4m
You can find the full list of planning permission guidance here.
Do I need to comply with building regulations for a conservatory?
Building regulations are the minimum standards for design and construction, developed by the government. They make sure that buildings or building projects are safe.
Building regulations will apply if you want to build an extension to your home. However, similarly to planning permission, conservatories are exempt when they follow a list of conditions too.
When conservatories are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres, they may not need building regulations. The conservatory should also be separated from the main home by external quality walls, doors or windows. However, regardless of whether or not your conservatory needs them, PCL will provide building regulations on all projects.
The team here at PCL can handle the process for you, so you don’t have to worry! Contact us today to get the ball rolling on your new conservatory.