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Do you need planning permission for a conservatory?

White uPVC conservatory‘Does a conservatory require planning permission’ is something we’re asked regularly by homeowners around Bristol. The answer to this question, however, is that it depends. Provided a conservatory does not exceed the following limitations, planning permission isn’t usually required:

  • The conservatory’s width is no more than half the width of your property
  • No verandas, balconies, or raised platforms are present
  • The height of the conservatory does not exceed the highest part of your property’s roof
  • If fitted onto the side of your home, its height is lower than 4 metres
  • The conservatory does not extend beyond the main property’s front or side elevation
  • If the conservatory is built forward of the principal elevation or at the side of the property, it must not be facing a road.
  • Conservatories built at the rear part of a detached home must not extend more than 4m beyond the rear wall of the original house otherwise approval is required through the Neighbour Consultation Scheme. For any other homes, it must not extend beyond 3m. Whilst this is not technically planning permission, getting approval through this scheme is necessary if you want to exceed these size limitations.

It’s worth mentioning that these guidelines were previously due to expire on the 30th of May 2019, however, the UK government has now made them permanent. They also don’t apply to flats and maisonettes but you can find planning guidance for them by using the link here.

Provided you don’t exceed the aforementioned guidelines, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to get planning approval. However, even if you don’t exceed the limitations, there are occasions where planning permission could still be required. We have covered them below.

Is planning permission required for conservatories in conservation areas?

A conservation area can be defined as an area of notable environmental or historical interest that is protected by law against undesirable changes. Bristol is home to 33 conservation areas so if you happen to live in one of them, we recommend contacting Bristol City Council to see if you require planning approval for a proposed conservatory.

There are other areas where planning permission might be required, however, and these are as follows:

  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
  • National Parks
  • World Heritage Sites
  • the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

If you live in any of the aforementioned areas, be sure to contact your local planning authority before any work on a new conservatory commences.

Do tiled roof conservatories require planning permission?

Tiled roof conservatories are a popular type of conservatory. Thanks to a tiled roof and internal ceiling, they are incredibly efficient structures that look and feel just like another room of the home.

You can access planning permission guidance for tiled roof conservatories by following the link here.

Are you considering a conservatory for your Bristol home? If so, get in touch with Associated Windows today. We’re one of Bristol’s leading conservatory installers and we operate citywide from our Filton HQ. Give us a call on 0117 9311777 or contact us online for more information.

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