Planning Permission

Planning permission and building regulations can always present a worry when it comes to new structural projects, particularly where your own home is concerned. But by choosing to purchase your conservatory from us here at Yorkshire Windows, we'll take all the worry away from you, sorting out any planning permission problems on your behalf – and leaving you to enjoy the exciting parts of choosing your new conservatory!

What is the Difference Between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

Both planning permission and building regulations are something that your Local Authority will deal with, with planning permission taking the aesthetic effect of a new building into consideration, particularly where surrounding homes are concerned.

Building regulations define how the structure itself is constructed, taking many factors such as environmental impact into consideration.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

As part of our outstanding service to you, our team here at Yorkshire Windows will take care of any planning permission necessities that arise when planning your conservatory. Generally speaking, however, under current legislation, most conservatories don't need planning permission, unless they're to be built on a property that has already been extended. This is also the case for many new build houses, as some developers place restrictions on them.

It is also feasible to build multiple conservatories onto a property without the need for planning permission, but it is essential that certain rules must be followed to enable this to be the case:

  • All conservatories should be built at ground level and have a floor area that is less than 30 square metres.
  • At least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof should be either glazed or made from translucent material.
  • The conservatory should be separated from the rest of the house by doors that are suitable for external use.
  • All glazing and any electrical installations should fully comply with applicable building regulations.

However, new rules for conservatories and extensions took effect from 1st October 2008. These rules replaced the old ones and are as follows:

  • Any conservatory that will be built at the front or on the side of a house, and which is closer to a public highway than the house itself, will need planning permission.
  • The conservatory can only be as deep as a single-story rear extension. That is, three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house. However, if the conservatory runs along the back of a house, its width is not restricted, unless it projects beyond the house. A detached house is one that is not connected to its neighbour by a solid structure. Therefore, a link house or two houses that have a common garage are not detached.
  • Any conservatory or extension built onto the side of the house must have a maximum height of four metres and only be as wide as half that of the original house.
  • The maximum height of the eves of any conservatory or extension can only be within two metres of the boundary and three metres from the lowest point on the ground.
  • There should be no verandas, balconies or raised platforms extending from the conservatory.
  • There is no permitted development of rear extensions of more than one storey on designated land, nor are exterior cladding or side extensions permitted.
  • Additional buildings should not cover more than half the area of land around the original house.
  • Any single storey rear extensions should have a maximum height of four metres.

In order to avoid building regulations, the first and second items listed above should be adhered to, though many conservatories can now be built without planning permission.

Will My Conservatory Need to Satisfy Building Regulations?

Generally speaking, domestic conservatories do not need to satisfy building regulations, but we'll check this for you – it's all part of the great service you'll receive from Yorkshire Windows!

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