When deciding whether you need planning permission for a conservatory or not, there are several different factors to consider. Conservatories are usually added long after a house is first built, and local regulations need to be checked with regards to planning permission requirements.
Factors to consider regarding planning permission for a conservatory
Some of the factors you will need to take into account when deciding are:
- Height of the conservatory in relation to the rest of your house.
- Position of the conservatory relative to the house.
- Whether the land on which it is being built requires planning permission for a conservatory.
- If your house is a listed building you will definitely need to apply for planning permission.
Planning permission for a conservatory with regard to height and position
Any deviance from the following rules will require special planning permission for a conservatory:
The first thing you need to know is that you cannot build an extension that is higher than the highest part of the roof. This means your conservatory needs to be below the eaves of your house, or at least level with the roof. Also keep in mind that for a detached house, the maximum depth of the extension will be approximately four meters.
If you are building your conservatory to the side of the house, then you cannot have a roof higher than four meters. The width must be no longer than half of the original structure. This might seen to be a bit inconvenient, but it is done for the sake of safety, and in some cases aesthetics and in consideration of your neighbours.
Also remember that roof pitch extensions need to match the house even if they are higher than one story. You cannot have any verandas, balconies or raised platforms as they might pose a bit of a safety hazard.
Planning permission for a conservatory with regard to land
There are some pieces of land upon which you cannot make any alterations. For instance if you live in a national park or a conservation area, you will need to speak to the local authority to find out exactly what kind of changes you can make. In some cases you may be granted planning permission for a conservatory, but in others you may be either extremely limited or may be denied completely. It really depends on your area, and you want to make sure you check into it even if you believe it will be fine because if it is not, you could face huge fines and even have to take the construction down again at your own expense.
Remember that your conservatory also needs to pass a state or local inspection, so building it to spec and not cutting corners will work to your advantage. It is best to hire a professional to do the work for you, and to choose a company with a good reputation and the relevant experience. They may also be able to advise you on whether you will need planning permission for a conservatory.
Contact Castle Glass to discuss your options and whether you need planning permission for a conservatory.