If you’re thinking about adding a conservatory to your home or upgrading an existing one, there are multiple factors to consider which is why it’s important to involve a professional early on in the process. Decisions such as choosing the right conservatory roof and incorporating your property’s style become easier once you speak to a conservatory specialist who can talk you through your options and assess your spaces.
One of the parts many homeowners worry about is planning permission, fearing their project may get stalled or won’t be permitted. Luckily, we’ve put together a simple guide to help you understand what’s required with planning permission for conservatories.
Do You Need Planning Permission?
The good news is that most conservatories won’t need planning permission, meeting ‘permitted development’ rules for houses. Always check that your project falls within this category before work begins as it must meet specific criteria to qualify. This includes the fact it must not be built taller than the highest part of the property’s roof, does not exceed a height of four metres and doesn’t result in more than half the original house’s land being covered with additional buildings. The full list of requirements can be found on the Government’s conservatory planning portal page.
Are Building Regulations Required?
When extending your property or altering the structure of your home, your local Building Control department will be involved, ensuring the project meets building regulations throughout. However, conservatories are exempt from the process if they meet certain conditions. This includes it being built at ground level, has a floor space of less than 30 square metres, has an independent heating system with separate controls and all glazing and electrical installations meet their individual building regulation requirements. The conservatory should also be separated from the property by high quality external walls, doors or windows. However, any new structural opening between the new space and house will require building regulations approval.
While many view planning laws and building regulations as a hassle, they are often there for your safety, ensuring you don’t damage the structure of your property and the right fire safety features are implemented in your home. For example, it’s recommended that when designing your conservatory, it shouldn’t block ladder access to areas of the house which would act as an escape route should there be a serious fire. This includes windows to rooms in the roof space such as a loft conversion. You should also consider using energy efficient products when selecting windows and doors, reducing heat lost from your home in the colder months.
Need more advice?
Here at Merton Windows, we provide a specialist service for those looking to install a new conservatory, offering a range of styles and designs to create your perfect space. Working with property owners across Surrey and London, including Ewell, Kingston and Wimbledon, our experts understand what’s required for the build and guide you through the process step by step. Get in touch to organise your free, no obligation consultation and quote.