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What are the building regulations for conservatory
13.06.2011 at 12:23:45
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I have had a look on the other forum topics but have not found an answer to my question. My partner and I have decided to rather than move from our house we are going to try and build our own conservatory (we will try anyway). I have been told by a good friend that we may not need planning permission but that it must meet certain regulations. Has anyone got any idea just what the Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register actually are?

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I have had a look on the other forum topics but have not found an answer to my question. My partner and I have decided to rather than move from our house we are going to try and build our own conservatory (we will try anyway). I have been told by a good friend that we may not need planning permission but that it must meet certain regulations. Has anyone got any idea just what the Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register actually are?

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Conservatories Building Regulations answer's can be that you do but then you get a answer that you dont. some Conservatories dont need Planning Permission but Any new structural opening, linking the conservatory to the house will need necessitate building regulations approval, Planning Permission. as there will be structural changes made to a load bearing wall
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I.E: you will need structural steel, concrete lintels put in to support the load of the span of the new opening, doors, windows linking to the conservatory this will need Planning Permission as (structural changes made to a load bearing wall) and the (steel, concrete lintels) need to be signed off by a structural engineer
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Re: What are the building regulations for conservatory
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Conservatories Building Regulations
In general domestic conservatories are exempt under UK building regulations. We have listed below some of the exemptions requirements under building regulations 1991 (as amendments). This criteria must be met for a conservatory to be classified as exempt.

Conservatories are normally exempt from building regulations when:

  • Built at ground level

  • Conservatories are less than 30 square metres in floor area

  • At least 50% of area that will form the external boundary / edge of the conservatory must be glazed and 75% of the roof area to be covered with either glass or polycarbonate

  • All conservatories must be separated from the house by an external quality door, patio door or French doors.

  • Glazing and the electrical installation must comply with IEE and building regulations


It is not recommended to build conservatories where they will hamper ladder access to windows serving quarters in roof or loft conversions, principally if any of the windows are proposed to help escape or rescue in a fire situation.

Any new structural opening linking the conservatory to the house will necessitate building regulations approval, even if the conservatory is an exempt building. Click for more information on conservatory planning permission.

Conservatories Planning Permission
Conservatories: A guide through the corridors of local authority's conservatory planning requirements.

The fact is that home improvement is one of the largest growth areas in our economy today. Many people today are improving there home as opposed to moving because it's cheaper. The most common home improvement are conservatories followed by extensions and loft conversions.

Therefore, to keep a firm rein on these developments; planning requirements are getting tighter to ensure that the type of home improvement is in keeping with the surrounding houses and neighbourhood. I am sure we all agree - "nobody would wish to live next to a monstrosity".

Approximately 60% of conservatories built will require planning permission.

Under the present legislation you may not require planning permission providing you meet with the following conditions:

•No more than 50% of the land which surrounds the "original house"* can be developed. If you require a conservatory that covers more than 50% planning permission is required.
•If the proposed conservatory faces any road, planning permission will be required.
•Maximum depth for a conservatory on a detached property is 4000 mm
•Maximum depth for a conservatory on a semi deched property is 3000 mm
•The maximum height of a conservatory is 4000 mm
•Conservatories built to the side elevation of a property a maximum of 4000 mts high and no more than 50% that of the original house
•At least 50% of area that will form the external boundary / edge of the conservatory must be glazed and 75% of the roof area to be covered with either glass or polycarbonate.(Building regulations)
•All conservatories must be separated from the house by an external quality door, patio door or French doors. (Building regulations)
Conservatories on listed building, national parks, Broads Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites planning permission will be required.

* The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date).

Even if you may not have had an extension built to the house, a previous title-holder may have done so.

The above mentioned only applies to extensions after the 1 July 1948.

We have listed some additional information and conditions which attract planning permission:

•If you build within 2m of the boundary line and the highest point at that junction is 4m or more high.
•If your conservatory covers more than 50% of the original garden.
•If your planning development rights have been removed.
•Grade II listed buildings. These may require a hardwood conservatory with a glass roof.
•Where a conservatory is 20m or less from a road or public footpath.
(see sketch A)

Sketch A: Irrespective of the size of the conservatory, should the distance between points A and B be less than 20m planning permission may be required.
Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or RegisterShaded Area may be any of the following:

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  • Highway
  • Motorway
  • Public Foot Path
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  • Access to another property
  • Access to other garage

Impact onto the Boundary Normally the local planning officer will be looking at the projection of the conservatory i.e. how far it will protrude into the garden, normally they are happy at about 3m projection from the original house. However, should the proposed conservatory extend more than 3m he may not look at it so favourably and ask for it to be reduced in size? The reason for this is so your neighbour does not have to look at a large brick wall more than 3m long. Hence the term impact onto the boundary.

To overcome this you may wish to include a facet to your conservatory which may help in some situations. (See sketch B) This should be done by your supplier as a matter of course.
Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or RegisterSketch B: You can see from this sketch that the total impact onto the boundary is 6m and you could expect the planning office to reject your application.

If planning permission is not required a letter of lawful development from the council is always a good item to obtain. So should you wish to sell your property in the future, your have proof that you have complied.

However, we strongly recommend, if in doubt always ask your local planning officer. You will find they are always very helpful and they will give you the correct advice so no mistakes are made, and don't forget to get it in writing.

DISCLAMER: (The material contained in this post) We do not warrant the accuracy,
completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. if in doubt always ask your local planning officer.
 
 
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