The Basics Of Planning Permission When It Comes To Designing And Building Conservatories

Improving your home with a conservatory often requires council approval, but not always. So, when do you need planning permission to build a conservatory?

Rear of Property

A popular route in increasing the size and appeal of your home is to add a conservatory, but many are confused about planning matters when it comes to them. Conservatories are considered to be permitted developments, which means that they don’t require permission, but this is only the case when certain conditions are met. Generally speaking for a conservatory to not require planning permission it must not:

  • Cover 50% or more of the original size of the house.
  • Be built facing highway or motorway.
  • Include raised platforms, such as balconies and verandas.
  • Be higher than the connecting existing roof.
  • Be over four metres in height.
  • Have eaves over three metres in height or within two metres of the property boundary.
  • Reach further than three metres beyond the rear wall of the property, four metres when it comes to a detached house.

Side of Property

The above rules usually surround conservatories that are built onto the back of a property. In some instances building a conservatory at the back of a property isn’t viable and the side of the property is more appropriate. All of the same rules mentioned above apply, but additional consideration is also required, as you will require planning permission should your conservatory plan:

  • Have eaves of three metres or more.
  • Have eaves that fall within two metres of the property boundary.
  • Be wider than half the width of the original property.

Be Careful

The rules surrounding the erection of a conservatory are tight in most cases. Those who don’t feel that they can build within such confines can opt to create something to their tastes, but building it won’t be as easy. In such instances you will need to submit a planning permission application to your Local Building Authority.

Doing this will cost approximately £150 and it generally takes 4 to 8 weeks to process your request. While it may seem like the easy option, you should never opt to build a qualifying conservatory without have planning permission from the Local Building Authority. Doing so can result in a fine up to £5,000 along with the possible enforced removal or alteration of the conservatory itself.

It seems easy enough to set up a conservatory without the proper authorisation, but the ramifications of such can be devastating. Those who have the construction of a conservatory in mind should also be aware that any building work must adhere to the UK building regulations at the time.

Stay Up To Date

Building a conservatory is a fantastic way to add increased space, value, and functionality to your home. But in order to make sure that your conservatory stays up after it’s built, it must be put up with planning permission in mind. It should also be noted that requirements with regards to planning permission do change, so it is advised that before you sign off on any plans you consult your Local Building Authority first.