Helpful Planning Advice for DIY Conservatories
There are many deferring rules and regulations attached to the planning permission that may be required for Conservatories.
For your convenience the basic details regarding planning permission for conservatories are detailed on this page, if you have any further queries Direct Conservatories 4u will be happy to assist.
Planning permission for conservatories can be a minefield, to help you understand these issues we detail below some of the “conditions” attached to the planning permission and building regulations applying to conservatories.
(These apply to England only). Planning Permission for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Eire, North America etc are quite different – You should in all instances take local advice regarding planning permission for conservatories. These notes are an introductory guide only.
Please note, planning permission for conservatories has been revised from 1st October 2008.
From 1 October 2008 adding a conservatory to your home will be considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
- More than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
- No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
- No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
- Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
- Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
- Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor.
- Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
- Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
- Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
- Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
- On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.
- Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required.
* The term “original house” means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.
* Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.
These notes are for your guidance and information only. For the avoidance of doubt please contact your local planning and building regulations authority before undertaking any work.