Do You Need Planning Permission For A Conservatory? 

There are a lot of factors that must be considered when adding a conservatory to your home, but the answer to the question is, “No” you do not need planning permission to add a conservatory to your home. As a homeowner, you are by law given “Permitted Development Rights.” Guardian Roofs Birmingham has put together this article to allow you to further understand your rights when building your brand new conservatory. 

A question that we are often asked at Guardian Roofs Birmingham is the role planning permission plays when it comes to adding a conservatory to your home or changing an existing one. We want to give you all the information you need about planning permission and conservatories and the roles they play together within your construction. If you have any questions about planning permission about conservatories then please get in touch with a member of the Guardian Roofs Birmingham team today. 


What Are The Building Planning Permissions For Conservatories? 

Homeowners are subject to the permitted development rights law which means that homeowners are allowed to build a single-storey extension or conservatory as long as they conform to a variety of points. We have listed a variety of these points below – The extension or conservatory must do all of the following things: 

  1. When at the front of a property it is allowed to be up to 3 square meters. 
  2. When the extension is at the side of the property it is allowed to be any length but it must not exceed past the back or front elevated walls. 
  3. Finally, when the extension is at the back of the house the extensions must have a width that does not exceed the side walls. For detached properties, the height restrictions are up to 4 meters and for other homes, the restriction is limited to 3 meters. If you have a problem with any of the above you have the opportunity to appeal. 

To avoid any problems with construction, we would recommend you speak to your local planning authority so that you can ensure the whole project runs smoothly. The planning authority will also be able to give you advice so that if the answer is no, we can give you other alternative options. 

Prior Approval 

The prior approval process only applies to larger single-storey rear extensions. This is defined as extending beyond the rear wall of the original house by over four and up to eight meters for detached houses and over three and up to six meters for all other types of home. 

If you wish to build an extension of this size, you must apply to the local authority who will then consult your adjoining neighbours to advise them of your proposal. If your neighbours so raise any concerns or objectification, the local authority will be required to determine if the proposal will impact on the amenity of all adjoining properties is acceptable and based on this if the project will go forward. 

How Can Guardian Roofs Birmingham Help? 

Now you are aware of the laws surrounding planning permission, is it now time to ask yourself how Guardian Roofs Birmingham help? Guardian Roofs Birmingham offers Guardian Warm Roofs. A Guardian Warm Roof is an LABC approved lightweight tiled conservatory roof which can fix problems which are usually caused by traditional polycarbonate or glass conservatory roofs. If you would like more information about Guardian Warm Roofs you can head over to the link provided. 

If you have any questions about planning permission surrounding extensions and conservatories please get in touch with a member of the team today on 01216 672 316.