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Do I Need Planning Permission for My Conservatory?

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A conservatory can be a fantastic addition to any home, offering a beautiful space for the family to relax throughout the year. If you’re looking to construct a conservatory on your property, the question of planning permission has probably come to mind.

It’s always worth looking into the necessity of planning permission for any development or extension to your home, and in this article we’re doing exactly that.

Permitted development

Typically, the addition of a conservatory to your home falls under ‘permitted development’, which means an application for planning permission will not be needed for work to commence. Permitted development rights are dictated by parliament, not your local council, and allow for a range of building and construction projects to be carried out on properties throughout the UK without requiring planning permission.

Permitted development rights can be rescinded under certain conditions – usually in conservation areas or on listed buildings. This means planning permission would be necessary before any work can take place. The local council’s planning authorities will review your application in detail before making a decision.

What are the conditions for permitted development?

For conservatories, planning permission won’t be necessary as long as the proposed development meets a number of conditions. To meet these conditions, your conservatory:

  • Must not extend further than three metres to the rear of the property.
  • Must not be taller than four metres.
  • Be 50% or more of the original size of the property.
  • Must not include any balconies, raised platforms or verandas.
  • Must be single storey if developed at the side of your property.
  • Must not extend higher than the existing roof of the property.

These are general guidelines, but each development is different. While planning permission may not be necessary, it’s always wise to contact your local planning authority to find out if there are any potential issues with your specific proposal. This can save a lot of hassle in the future.

When is planning permission necessary?

Blue Print for planning permission

While the majority of conservatory constructions fall under permitted development, there are some instances which can negate permitted development rights. These are in addition to the conditions listed above. If your conservatory doesn’t meet conditions, planning permission will be necessary. If they do, here are some more to think about:

  • Permitted development for conservatories only apply to houses. They do not cover flats or maisonettes.
  • Properties in conservation areas will require planning permission for any rear extension, unless it is single storey and no more than three metres in depth (this extends to four meters if the property is detached).
  • Listed buildings will likely require consent, as any building work or extensions may fundamentally change the exterior character or aesthetic of the property.

For listed buildings, you may require ‘listed building consent’. Check with your local authority to see if your proposed development for a listed building requires this or not.

If you need a professional, reliable company to design and construct a brand new conservatory in Croydon, Sutton, Purley and beyond, look no further than Windows Direct London. Our experienced team will tailor your conservatory to you, meeting your every requirement to provide a practical and beautiful space that you can enjoy for many years to come. If you require any advice on the construction of your conservatory, including any questions regarding planning permission, dont hesitate to contact us today.

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