Does a conservatory require planning permission?

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Conservatories are a popular addition to many homes in the UK, providing extra living space and enhancing the value of a property. However, before embarking on a conservatory project, it’s important to understand whether planning permission is required or not.

In most cases, a conservatory can be built without planning permission, provided that certain criteria are met. These include:

  • The conservatory does not exceed 50% of the total area of land surrounding the original house.
  • The conservatory is not taller than the highest part of the existing roof.
  • The conservatory does not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 3 meters if it’s an attached house, or by 4 meters if it’s a detached house.
  • The conservatory is not located in front of the principal elevation of the house facing a public highway.
  • It’s important to note that these rules apply to houses and not flats, maisonettes, or other types of properties. Also, if your property is in a conservation area or a listed building, different rules and regulations may apply, and you may need planning permission.
  • If you’re unsure whether your conservatory requires planning permission, it’s best to check with your local planning authority. You can also seek advice from a professional conservatory installer, who will be able to guide you through the planning process and obtain any necessary permissions on your behalf.

    In summary, most conservatories do not require planning permission as long as they meet specific criteria, but it’s important to check with your local planning authority before starting any work.

    If you wish to know more, get in touch to speak to our team about designing the perfect conservatory for your home.

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