With winter just around the corner, warming up the home is a big priority with many homeowners. For conservatory owners, replacing the conservatory roof with a tiled roof version is a sure way to warm this part of the home. This is because polycarbonate and old glass conservatory roofs are notorious for heat loss, especially in the winter. If you fall into this category, you may have wondered if planning permission is required to put a tiled roof on a conservatory. So, as installers and experts of tiled roof conservatories, we thought we’d clear up the issue of how to put a tiled roof on a conservatory.
Do you need planning permission for a conservatory roof with a tiled roof?
At the risk of oversimplifying, the answer to ‘do you need planning permission for a conservatory roof’ is no. Planning regulations were changed to allow conservatories to have a tiled/solid roof back in 2010. Prior to their changing, to be exempt from planning permission, conservatories had to have 75% of the roof glazed.
Plus, conservatory planning permission is, generally, only required when the initial conservatory structure is built. However, if the previous height of the conservatory is altered, planning permission may be required. But even though it’s unlikely for planning permission to be required, you might still need building regulations approval for a tiled roof conservatory.
What are tiled roof conservatory building regulations?
Building Regulations set out standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure they’re safe and comfortable to use.
When changing a tiled roof conservatory, it’s essential to determine whether the conservatory structure is able to support a tiled roof. To do this, a conservatory company or relevant authority will carry out a survey. This is important for establishing whether or not a tiled roof will compromise the safety of those using the conservatory. If you have the work performed by a member of a competent person scheme, you will not need to acquire building regulations approval yourself. The company performing the work will take care of that for you. Associated Windows are a member of FENSA, a competent person scheme authorised by the UK government. Therefore, we will take care of the necessary conservatory approvals for you.
Can I build a tiled roof conservatory without planning permission?
Those currently without a conservatory can have a tiled roof conservatory built onto their property without planning permission. However, this is only if they abide by the following criteria:
- Its width does not exceed half the width of your property
- No verandas, balconies, or raised platforms are present
- The height does not exceed the highest part of your property’s roof
- It does not extend beyond the main property’s front or side elevation
- If fitted onto the side of your home, its height is lower than 4 metres
However, further restrictions may apply if living in a conservation area or listed building. In such areas, it’s important to contact the local planning authority to establish if conservatory planning permission is required.
How to put a tiled roof on a conservatory?
At Associated Windows, we can take care of your replacement conservatory tiled roof from start to finish, promising a seamless installation for you. Whilst we take care of the conservatory planning permission and tiled roof conservatory building regulations, you can sit back and relax for a stress-free project.
A tiled roof can transform an existing conservatory into a comfortable living space, suitable for year-round usage. Their thermally efficient designs will almost certainly lower the energy cost to heat your conservatory, plus their vaulted ceilings ensure they feel more like an extension of your home. For more information on tiled roof conservatories call Associated Windows on 0117 9311777 or contact us online.