PLANNING AND BUILDING REGULATIONS

Building regulations are often confused with planning approval, but they are two very different things covered by separate acts of parliament. Planning permission is concerned with whether you are able to build at a particular location and what the property will look like, while building control is concerned with how a property is built. Building regulations set the standards for design and construction of buildings, primarily to ensure the safety and health of people in and around those buildings but also for energy conservation and access to and about buildings.

Planning permission for conservatories and orangeries are the same as for any extension.

Some helpful information:

If your house has been extended since 1947 it will most probably need planning permission. You may have used up your permitted development rights.

If your property is listed then you will require planning. You may have a restrictive covenant on your property so always check your needs for this information.

Rule of thumb:

In general if your house is detached you may extend form the rear elevation by 4m, if semi-detached or terraced then it is 3m.

Should you want to place your conservatory to the side elevation of your house then you are permitted to extend by half the total frontage of your property.

Eg. If the total width of front elevation is 7m then permitted side extension would be 3.5m.

BUILDING WORK REQUIRING APPROVAL INCLUDES:

  • When a conservatory or orangery has more than 30m square internal floor area
  • When your conservatory or orangery has under floor heating
  • The installation of replacement windows and doors
  • The erection or extension of a dwelling
  • The installation or extension of a service which is controlled under the regulations
  • The insertion of insulation into a cavity wall
  • The underpinning of foundations in a building

SOME EXAMPLES OF BUILDINGS AND WORK EXEMPT FROM BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVAL INCLUDES:

  • Garden sheds
  • Summer houses
  • Domestic garages
  • Greenhouses
  • Most conservatories and orangeries
  • Porches
  • Covered ways
  • Covered yards
  • Car ports

The Cambridge Conservatory Centre undertake full planning applications on behalf of the client

For full information visit www.planningportal.gov.uk

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