Do I Need Planning Permission For A Conservatory?

When it comes to extending your home with a stylish conservatory, your first question might be: “Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?”.

Planning permission may be a daunting prospect due to the application process and waiting time for approval, but the good news is that you might not even need to consider planning permission for your property. Of course this depends on a few factors..

There are 5 criteria that a proposal must meet in order to go ahead without planning permission:

1. The floor area – measured externally – of both the proposed extension and any current extensions to the original property, as well as any detached garage or outhouse within 5 metres of the property, taken together will be less than 16 square metres (or 10% of the floor area of the original house) for a terraced house, and 24 square metres (or 20% of the floor area of the original house) for any other type of house.

2. No more than 30% of the total garden area is covered by extensions and/or buildings, excluding the original house.

3. The height of the proposed extension is no greater than the highest part of the roof of the original house, and does not alter the existing roof slope of the property.

4. The maximum height of the extension does not exceed 4 metres where it is within 2 metres of any part of the site boundary.

5. No part of the extension would be closer to a road, which is adjacent to its boundary, unless the road would be over 20 metres from all parts of the extension. Please note that a road is defined as any public way (including paths) that serves 3 or more properties.

You must also take into consideration whether your property is a listed building or within a conservation area, as these would require planning permission.

If you’re in any doubt then why not speak to one of our friendly advisers, and before you know it, you will be one step closer to your dream conservatory!

Love, Kenny x