Do I Need Planning Permission For A Conservatory?
Sort of – any type of work done to your home requires planning permission but you don’t always need to apply for it – in some cases, it is given automatically. This ‘automatically granted planning permission’ was introduced in 1995 under the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order and is generally just referred to as ‘Permitted Development’.
Under UK law:
- Terraced and semi-detached homes can add single-storey extensions up to 6 metres from the rear of the original house WITHOUT planning permission.
- Detached homes can add single-storey extensions up to 8 metres from the rear of the original house WITHOUT planning permission.
However, for ‘larger extensions’ (over 3 metres for terraced/semi-detached homes and over 4 metres for detached homes), you must inform your local planning authority as the proposed work will be subject to the neighbour consultation scheme.
The conservatory must also comply with the following to be covered by permitted development:
- It does not extend from the front of the property
- It is a maximum height of 4 metres
- The roof ridge or top point is no higher than the existing house
- A side conservatory has a width of no more than half that of the original house
- The conservatory and additional outbuildings (sheds, summer house etc) do not cover more than half the garden
For the full, official Government guidelines about the permission required to build a conservatory, go to https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/10/conservatories
You probably don’t have permitted development rights in a conservation area, on a listed building or in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Check with your local planning authority if you’re not sure whether or not you have any planning restrictions in place.
If your conservatory does come under permitted development, then you can just start building. However, we recommend that you apply for a lawful development certificate to prove that the work is covered by permitted development.
To apply for either a lawful development certificate or planning permission, you’ll need to submit an application to your local planning authority or via the Planning Portal online application service. (You don’t need to make the application yourself – Yoop can apply on your behalf so you don’t have to worry about it.
If you have any questions about the type of planning permission you need, the planning application process or would like to speak to an architect who can help you turn your conservatory dream into a reality, go ahead and book a free call below with Yoop.
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